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 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 Interestingly, PepsiCo doesn’t alert hi-po employees to their status, instead leaving them to guess or intuit whether they’ve been placed on the C-suite fast track. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2022 And perhaps that advanced mind will intuit, correctly, that our confusion stemmed from the fact that long-standing definitions had been recently overruled. Sasha Frere-jones, Harper’s Magazine , 9 Nov. 2022 But based on body language, vocal inflection and a recognizable family dynamic, viewers intuit the scene’s meaning. Gabriel Rom, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022 Don’t hope your direct reports can intuit your beliefs; instead, be deliberate and intentional in communicating them. Dr. Jason Wingard, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Andrea Seigel’s script offers little insight into the twins’ psychiatric malady — no character suggests even a tentative diagnosis — but regularly supposes that the two can intuit each others’ thoughts and imminent actions. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 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 8 Feb. 2023.

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