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make sense

1. To be understandable or coherent. These numbers don't make sense. How can there be a deficit if we also have an excess? I've tried asking him but his explanations aren't making any sense.
2. To be practical or seem like a good idea. It doesn't make sense to drive all the way home when we'll need to leave again almost as soon as we get there. If you think you might want to go to college there, visiting for a weekend just makes sense.
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make sense

to be understandable. John doesn't make sense. What John says makes sense to me.
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make sense

1. Be understandable. This usage, first recorded in 1686, is often used in a negative context, as in This explanation doesn't make sense.
2. Be reasonable, wise, or practical, as in It makes sense to find out first how many will attend the conference. This term employs sense in the meaning of "what is reasonable," a usage dating from 1600. In Britain it is also put as stand to sense.
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make ˈsense


1 have a meaning that you can easily understand: This sentence doesn’t make sense — there’s no verb in it.
2 be a sensible or practical thing to do: It makes sense to buy a house now because prices will certainly go up soon.
3 be easy to understand or explain: John wasn’t making much sense on the phone.
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make sense

1. To be coherent or intelligible: an explanation that made sense.
2. To be practical or advisable: It makes sense to go now.
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She encouraged students to make sense of each others' solutions during whole class discussion and challenge each other by disagreeing with solutions or asking questions of clarification.
Thus, while representing a singular lesson plan, in some respects, the problem-centered approach proved flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of students: bringing them together in collaborative ways; helping them individually and collectively make sense of addition and subtraction; and nudging them to take responsibility for their own learning.
All that said, building a model can make sense if both sides of the model are balanced and the model is fairly simple.
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Obviously, in this case, looking just at the numbers it would make sense to refinance.
But once a woman has a good understanding of her 'purse-onality' it makes sense to take a hard assessment of her closet and make sure the bags in her wardrobe make sense for her needs," says Fox.