What does understand mean?

Definitions for understandˌʌn dərˈstænd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word understand.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. understand(verb)

    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

    "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"

  2. understand, realize, realise, see(verb)

    perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

    "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea"

  3. understand, read, interpret, translate(verb)

    make sense of a language

    "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"

  4. understand, infer(verb)

    believe to be the case

    "I understand you have no previous experience?"

  5. sympathize, sympathise, empathize, empathise, understand(verb)

    be understanding of

    "You don't need to explain--I understand!"


  1. understand(Verb)

    To be aware of the meaning of.

  2. understand(Verb)

    To believe, based on information.

    I understand that you have information for me.

  3. understand(Verb)

    To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.

  4. understand(Verb)

    To apply values (axioms).

  5. Origin: From understanden, from understandan, from under + standanan, equivalent to under- + standan. Cognate with understunda, understantan, Middle understande. Compare also onderstaan, unterstehen. More at inter-, stand.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understand(verb)

    to have just and adequate ideas of; to apprehended the meaning or intention of; to have knowledge of; to comprehend; to know; as, to understand a problem in Euclid; to understand a proposition or a declaration; the court understands the advocate or his argument; to understand the sacred oracles; to understand a nod or a wink

  2. Understand(verb)

    to be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has passed the bill

  3. Understand(verb)

    to recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to mean; to interpret; to explain

  4. Understand(verb)

    to mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for granted; to assume

  5. Understand(verb)

    to stand under; to support

  6. Understand(verb)

    to have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent being

  7. Understand(verb)

    to be informed; to have or receive knowledge

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Understand

    un-dėr-stand′, v.t. to comprehend: to have just ideas of: to know thoroughly: to be informed of: to learn: to suppose to mean: to mean without expressing: to imply.—v.i. to have the use of the intellectual faculties: to be informed: to learn.—adj. Understan′dable.—p.adj. Understan′ded (obs.), understood (with of).—n. Understan′ding, the act of comprehending: the faculty or the act of the mind by which it understands or thinks: the power to understand: knowledge: exact comprehension: agreement of minds: harmony.—adj. knowing, skilful.—adv. Understan′dingly.—Understands′, in Scotch Version of Psalms, used for Understandest. [A.S. understandan, to stand under or in the midst of a thing.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'understand' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #676

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'understand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #456

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'understand' in Verbs Frequency: #91


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of understand in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of understand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Queen Juliana:

    I can't understand it. I can't even understand the people who can understand it.

  2. Gore Vidal:

    I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon. I cannot understand the love affair.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Most people make it difficult to understand with their lifestyle & stand especially to a helping hand if they don’t understand or they don’t want to understand as whom they should accept as their friend.

  4. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards:

    What I thought we saw yesterday from the Republican majority was evidence that they don't understand women, they certainly don't understand women's health and they certainly don't understand the very programs they oversee like Medicaid.

  5. Todd Starnes:

    Once you understand Apocalyptic Islam, you understand just how dangerous it is to give Iran not just one path to nuclear weapons, but two, this president doesn’t understand the threat of radical Islam. He won’t even define that – much less Apocalyptic Islam.

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