make sense(redirected from stand to sense)
to be understandable. John doesn't make sense. What John says makes sense to me.
to be reasonable This deal clearly makes sense in the long term.
Usage notes: often used with words that describe amounts, like some, much, or any: Her idea doesn't make any 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.
1. To be coherent or intelligible: an explanation that made sense.
2. To be practical or advisable: It makes sense to go now.