Gist - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dʒɪst|  American pronunciation of the word gist
Brit.  |dʒɪst|  British pronunciation of the word gist

noun

- the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work (syn: burden, core, effect, essence)
- the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience(syn: center, centre, core, essence, heart, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum)

the gist of the prosecutor's argument

Examples

...didn't catch every word between them, but heard enough to get the gist of the conversation...

the gist of the prosecutor's argument

Dorothea told him that she had seen Lydgate, and recited the gist of her conversation with him about the Hospital.

...you can skip over the rhetorical passages and still get the gist of the essay...

The gist of his argument is that full employment is impossible.

Don't worry about all the details as long as you get the gist (=understand the main meaning) of it.

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