Definitions for understandingˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•stand•ingˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ(n.)

  1. the mental process of a person who understands; comprehension; personal interpretation.

  2. intellectual faculties; intelligence.

  3. knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing.

  4. a state of cooperation between people, nations, factions, etc.

  5. a mutual agreement.

  6. (adj.)characterized by comprehension, empathy, or the like.

Origin of understanding:

bef. 1050

Princeton's WordNet

  1. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy(noun)

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands

    "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

  2. agreement, understanding(noun)

    the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

    "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"

  3. sympathy, understanding(noun)

    an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

    "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"

  4. reason, understanding, intellect(adj)

    the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination

    "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"

  5. understanding(adj)

    characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy

    "an understanding friend"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. understanding(noun)ˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

    an agreement

  2. understandingˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

    to agree

    We came to an understanding that we would each pay half.

  3. understandingˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

    having agreed that

    They borrow it, on the understanding that I need it back next week.

  4. understandingˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

    knowledge of sth

    I have a basic understanding of the program.

  5. understandingˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

    the way sb interprets sth

    It was my understanding that no food was allowed inside.

  6. understandingˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

    sympathy and care

    They treated us with understanding.

  7. understanding(adjective)ˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

    good at realizing how sb feels; = sympathetic

    I have a very understanding husband.

Wiktionary

  1. understanding(Noun)

    Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.

  2. understanding(Noun)

    Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.

  3. understanding(Noun)

    Opinion, judgement or outlook.

    According to my understanding, the situation is quite perilous. I wonder if you see it this way, too.

  4. understanding(Noun)

    An informal contract, mutual agreement.

    I thought we had an understanding - you do the dishes, and I throw the trash.

  5. understanding(Noun)

    A reconciliation of differences.

    The parties of the negotiation have managed to come to an understanding.

  6. understanding(Noun)

    Sympathy.

    He showed much understanding when he found out of my troublesome familial history.

  7. understanding(Noun)

    All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.

  8. understanding(Adjective)

    Showing compassion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understanding

    of Understand

  2. Understanding(adj)

    knowing; intelligent; skillful; as, he is an understanding man

  3. Understanding(noun)

    the act of one who understands a thing, in any sense of the verb; knowledge; discernment; comprehension; interpretation; explanation

  4. Understanding(noun)

    an agreement of opinion or feeling; adjustment of differences; harmony; anything mutually understood or agreed upon; as, to come to an understanding with another

  5. Understanding(noun)

    the power to understand; the intellectual faculty; the intelligence; the rational powers collectively conceived an designated; the higher capacities of the intellect; the power to distinguish truth from falsehood, and to adapt means to ends

  6. Understanding(noun)

    specifically, the discursive faculty; the faculty of knowing by the medium or use of general conceptions or relations. In this sense it is contrasted with, and distinguished from, the reason

Freebase

  1. Understanding

    Understanding is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object. Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding. Understanding implies abilities and dispositions with respect to an object of knowledge sufficient to support intelligent behavior. An understanding is the limit of a conceptualization. To understand something is to have conceptualized it to a given measure.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'understanding' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1354

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'understanding' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2137

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'understanding' in Nouns Frequency: #610


Translations for understanding

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

understanding(noun)

the power of thinking clearly

a man of great understanding.

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