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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers intuited two advantages that silicon would have over metal. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Silicon LED created by buzzing surface with high-speed electrons," 22 July 2019 Not based on anything your faithful puck chronicler has heard, seen, or intuited these last 15 years. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Looking at the legacy of Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs," 7 Sep. 2019 Danica intuits her virginal status and imprisons her in preparation for the upcoming impregnation ritual. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Satanic Panic': Film Review," 6 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, a two-year-old child tested alongside Kanzi quickly intuits that two nouns can make up a noun phrase, tucked as a direct object into a verb phrase, which in turn is part of a sentence. The Economist, "A new book spells out the magic of language," 22 Aug. 2019 Baptiste loves spending time in the homes of other people, intuiting their personalities not only from the objects accrued but from their juxtaposition. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "A Young Artist Charts the Journey from “Haiti to Hood”," 8 Aug. 2019 Acquiring gesture experience over the course of a lifetime may also help us intuit meaning from others’ motions. Raleigh Mcelvery, WIRED, "How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning," 31 Mar. 2019 Rory and Eustace, intuiting the man’s capability, got onto their feet and stepped clear of the young man. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Another correctly intuits that a bunch of de-magnetized magnets are a critical mystery that needs solving. Daniel Payne, National Review, "In Its Third Season, Stranger Things Strays from What Made It Great," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of intuit

1855, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2019

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“Intuit.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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