1. the basic meaning or understanding of sth
got the gist
The noun 'gist' means the general understanding or meaning of a text, speech or talk. If you get the 'gist' of something it means you have a rough understanding of what it was about but not the details. You might say you 'got the gist' to communicate you understood the basics or the main point in a set of instructions. This noun can be used in professional or social contexts.