Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

sanity

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [uncountable] sanity pronunciation in British English /ˈsænəti/
  1. 1
    the ability to think and speak in a reasonable way and to behave normally
    doubt your sanity (=think you may be mentally ill):

    I was beginning to doubt my own sanity.

    keep/lose your sanity (=remain/not remain in good mental health):

    Poulton knew that if he wanted to keep his sanity he would have to escape.

  2. 2
    behaviour that is reasonable or that people expect

    The manager had tried hard to bring sanity to the situation.

pre-roll

a video advertisement that appears immediately before an online video

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

breakfast rave

a rave … that takes place early in the morning and where there is no alcohol or drugs …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog