in·​tu·​it | \ in-ˈtü-ət How to pronounce intuit (audio) , -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 How to pronounce intuitable (audio) , -​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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Subtext is everything in drama: What a character says is subordinate to what an audience intuits. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "An aura of authority," 24 June 2019 Acquiring gesture experience over the course of a lifetime may also help us intuit meaning from others’ motions. Quanta Magazine, "How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception and Meaning," 25 Mar. 2019 With admirable confidence, Ms. Lowry trusts readers to intuit what Carver may fail to see for himself. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Dark Water’ Review: Unfathomable Depths," 28 Dec. 2018 It’s hard to intuit exactly how the character of Burns is intended to come across. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 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

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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

formal : 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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