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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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The classroom goal was to make sense of tasks, negotiate meaning, resolve any conflicting ideas, and strengthen students' reasoning abilities.
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It's clear that functionality such as network data movement make sense to outsource; there are only so many ways to move data through a network, and data movement is a commodity.
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Obviously, in this case, looking just at the numbers it would make sense to refinance.