in·​tu·​it | \ in-ˈtü-ət, -ˈtyü-\
intuited; intuiting; intuits

Definition of intuit

transitive verb

: to know, sense, or understand by intuition

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Other Words from intuit

intuitable \ in-​ˈtü-​ə-​tə-​bəl , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of intuit in a Sentence

He was able to intuit the answer immediately. She intuited a connection between the two crimes.

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And, even if that research is relatively new, TIME’s archives show that women in the workplace have intuited the danger for decades. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 of Modern History's Most Persistent Myths About the Gender Wage Gap," 10 Apr. 2018 The first is perhaps easier to intuit: The dense and heavy metal, glass and ceramic items absorb and hold more heat during the washing process, and retain it for a longer time. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, "Why That Sippy Cup Won’t Dry in the Dishwasher," 2 Mar. 2018 Neither, new research finds, does the human capacity to intuit the caloric content of such gustatory delights. Melissa Healy,, "Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption," 18 June 2018 My spirit is more female, this even my therapist could intuit. Tommy Dorfman, Teen Vogue, "Tommy Dorfman Shares What It's Like to Wear Gendered Clothes as a Non-Binary Person," 26 June 2018 Archimedes intuited this more than 2,000 years ago, and Paisley was proving it. Sarah Scoles, Washington Post, "These ‘mermaids’ dance underwater for half an hour at a time," 17 June 2018 And the face is our primary window to intuit the mind of another. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What the “face of God” looks like, according to 500 Christians in a psych study," 15 June 2018 The average customer—or voter—doesn’t really know much about the debt, other than to vaguely intuit that too much debt is bad. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Howard Schultz’s Third Way," 6 June 2018 But at several moments along his path with the Davidians, Thibodeau intuits that something is off. Julia Scheeres, New York Times, "An Audiobook Gives New Life to the Haunting Memoir of a Waco Survivor," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of intuit

1855, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of intuit

: to know or understand (something) because of what you feel or sense rather than because of evidence : to know or understand (something) through intuition

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to gather or build up little by little

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