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[in-too-it, -tyoo-; in-too-it, -tyoo-] /ɪnˈtu ɪt, -ˈtyu-; ˈɪn tu ɪt, -tyu-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to know or receive by intuition.
Origin of intuit
1770-80; back formation from intuition
Related forms
intuitable, adjective
unintuitable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intuit
  • Instead of scanning individuals, you have to intuit the pre-ambush ambience.
  • Many of us can intuit that from our personal experience.
  • We seem to intuit that some good can come from rough sledding.
  • We do not presume to intuit the causes of headaches, memory formation or visual processing.
  • The article provides evidence for a conclusion that many overeaters intuit: food can be addictive.
  • Yet, this knowledge may be more reflective of the realities of biology or physics than something that humans could intuit.
  • To be sure, he was no more acute than others, or quicker to intuit exactly what it was that was not evident.
  • Yet human mathematicians can intuit the truth of some such statements.
  • We intuit this in every argument against immortality.
  • The single biggest advantage that traditional science and technology elite is there ability to intuit when things are inaccurate.
British Dictionary definitions for intuit


to know or discover by intuition
Derived Forms
intuitable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for intuit

1776, "to tutor," from Latin intuit-, past participle stem of intueri (see intuition). Meaning "to perceive directly without reasoning" is from 1840, in this sense perhaps a back-formation from intuition. Related: Intuited; intuiting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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