from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Perceived by a sense or the senses.
  • adj. Having physical sensation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Perceived by one or more of the senses.
  • adj. Having the ability to sense things physically.
  • adj. Felt or apprehended through a sense, or the senses.
  • v. To feel or apprehend by means of the senses; to perceive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Felt or apprehended through a sense, or the senses.
  • transitive v. To feel or apprehend more or less distinctly through a sense, or the senses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perceived by the senses.
  • To have perception of, as an object of the senses; apprehend by the senses or understanding.
  • n. That whiċh is sensed; the object or contents of sensation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having physical sensation


Middle English sensat, from Late Latin sēnsātus, gifted with sense, from Latin sēnsus, sense; see sense.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Englis sensat from Late Latin sensatus "able to sense" from Latin sensus, "sense". (Wiktionary)


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  • I showed patients how to consciously tune in to their bodies during arguments (a process called sensate awareness), in order to monitor the physiological danger signs of pending violence.

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  • And I held her poor bones in my hands — bones once fleshed with sensate beauty, informed with sparkle and spirit, instinct with love and love-warmness of arms around and eyes and lips together, that had begat me in the end of the generations unborn.


  • His restaurants embodied discovery, pleasure, and sensate experiences, and he brought to every level of dining a theatricality that obliterated stodgy orthodoxies.

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  • All feel permissible in this protected space with its intersections of inside and out, light and dark, thing and no-thing, the sensate and the cerebral.

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  • But to early 21st-century eyes, unconditioned by the larger moral and political crisis of World War I — the sense of devastating loss, vanquished futures and wholesale physical destruction against which Renoir's late painting was a luminous, sensate balm — many of his last works, and especially the culminative "Bathers," remain, perhaps irretrievably, anachronistic.

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  • Owning your own presence—the direct, sensate, immediate experience of being in your body—by grounding yourself in your belly has everything to do with compulsive eating.

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  • Barzak never draws any hard and fast lines around Adam's nascent sexuality, but some of the eerily romantic scenes between Adam and Jamie are charged with a dark and sensate eroticism that makes us wonder if we aren't all, after a fashion, in love with our own ghosts?

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  • Note 13: In the first passage of De pictura, Alberti borrows a Ciceronian proverb (from De amicitia 5.16) concerning the "coarse senses of Minerva" to distinguish the sensate knowledge of a painter from a mathematician's abstract mensurations (see Kemp, "Introduction," 12).

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