in·​tu·​it in-ˈtü-ət How to pronounce intuit (audio)
intuited; intuiting; intuits

transitive verb

: to know, sense, or understand by intuition
intuitable adjective

Example Sentences

He was able to intuit the answer immediately. She intuited a connection between the two crimes.
Recent Examples on the Web But what a child intuits, grown scientists struggle to understand in detail. Bykatie Mccormick,, 7 Apr. 2023 Porter declined to run against incumbent Senator Alex Padilla, the eventual choice, in 2022, but anyone paying attention to California politics could intuit that Porter would be interested in a Senate bid. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 3 Apr. 2023 Keen observers could intuit something was off. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 In other words, instead of trying to intuit what James Madison or Alexander Hamilton may have intended, rely on what the public would have understood their words to mean at the time, using contemporary dictionaries and news coverage among other sources. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2021 Stone seemed to intuit as much. NBC News, 2 Oct. 2021 The theory is that with high-quality books at hand, children can intuit patterns and learn to read without having to sit through repetitive, reductive phonics lessons. oregonlive, 8 Jan. 2023 His victories come from having a brilliant team that can obey and intuit his orders as well as invent and improve ideas on the fly. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2011 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., can intuit something about how these ancient landscapes evolved. Douglas Fox, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intuit was in 1855

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“Intuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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