Definitions for understand
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word understand.
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
"She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
understand, realize, realise, seeverb
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"
understand, read, interpret, translateverb
make sense of a language
"She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"
believe to be the case
"I understand you have no previous experience?"
sympathize, sympathise, empathize, empathise, understandverb
be understanding of
"You don't need to explain--I understand!"
To be aware of the meaning of.
To believe, based on information.
I understand that you have information for me.
To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.
To apply values (axioms).
Etymology: 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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: understandan , Saxon.
The Ulysses of Ovid upbraids his ignorance, that he understood not the shield for which he pleaded. Dryden.
His sin might have been greater in that respect: but that it was not so to be understood, appears by the opposition. Edward Stillingfleet.
The most learned interpreters understood the words of sin, and not of Abel. John Locke.
I have given thee a wise and understanding heart. Chronicles.
I understood of the evil Eliashib did. Neh. xiii. 7.
I understand by Sanga, you have been
Solicited against the commonwealth
By one Umbrenus. Ben Jonson, Cataline.
All my soul be
Imparadis’d in you, in whom alone
I understand, and grow, and see. John Donne.
Understanding is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to use concepts to model 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 that are sufficient to support intelligent behavior.Understanding is often, though not always, related to learning concepts, and sometimes also the theory or theories associated with those concepts. However, a person may have a good ability to predict the behavior of an object, animal or system—and therefore may, in some sense, understand it—without necessarily being familiar with the concepts or theories associated with that object, animal, or system in their culture. They may have developed their own distinct concepts and theories, which may be equivalent, better or worse than the recognized standard concepts and theories of their culture. Thus, understanding is correlated with the ability to make inferences.
Understanding can be defined as the ability to comprehend or grasp the meaning, importance, or significance of information, ideas, concepts, or situations. It involves a deeper level of comprehension, where one can make connections, interpret, and synthesize information, leading to a meaningful awareness or knowledge about a subject matter. Understanding often involves a combination of cognitive processes such as perception, attention, memory, and reasoning, which enable individuals to make sense of and effectively interact with the world around them.
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
to be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has passed the bill
to recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to mean; to interpret; to explain
to mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for granted; to assume
to stand under; to support
to have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent being
to be informed; to have or receive knowledge
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
To feel and know intuitively.
They did understand the nature of their love, unity and engagement and knew their marriage was for life.
Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020
To perceive intuitively through the brain, conscience, consciousness, heart, mind, spirit, soul and subconscious.
We do understand each other and trust the unity of our soul and love.
Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'understand' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #676
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'understand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #456
Rank popularity for the word 'understand' in Verbs Frequency: #91
The numerical value of understand in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of understand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
It's ok to understand other people. But it's not enough. Advertence is necessary too. Because it's easy to understand abstract person if you're not a victim but outside observer. Imagine you say to friend who needs your help: «I understand the man who stole from you because he was starved». Or that: «I understand that scumbag who raped you because his wife ran out on him and he wanted to blow off steam». Only most hard-hearted person can say that.
We're trying to develop methods to uncover, to discover, to clear up this dark field of crime, of organized crime, to understand the networks, to understand how people interact, to understand how much money is made, to understand how the objects come from Iraq and Syria to Germany.
I’ve run brands before, but I've never started anything myself, i don’t understand what that means. I don’t understand what that took. I don’t understand that sacrifice. We take a risk in what we do, but it’s nowhere near the risk Laura took 17 years ago when she started it all.
There's a rebirth that goes on with us continuously as human beings. I don't understand, personally, how you can be bored. I can understand how you can be depressed, but I just don't understand boredom.
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Translations for understand
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- разумець, зразумецьBelarusian
- comprendre, entendreCatalan, Valencian
- chápat, pochopit, rozumět, porozumětCzech
- begribe, forstå, fatte, underforstå, opfatte, mene, indseDanish
- den Eindruck haben, verstehen, glauben, begreifenGerman
- κατανοώ, αντιλαμβάνομαι, καταλαβαίνωGreek
- entender, comprenderSpanish
- mõistma, aru saamaEstonian
- osata, hiffata, ymmärtää, uskoa, kässätä, käsittää, snaijata, älytä, tajuta, bonjataFinnish
- entendre, comprendreFrench
- ferstean, begripeWestern Frisian
- tud, felfog, megért, értesül, értHungarian
- skilja, skiljastIcelandic
- capire, comprendere, intendereItalian
- 理解する, 信じる, 分かる, 理解Japanese
- түсіну, ұғуKazakh
- 이해하다, 알다Korean
- تێگهیشت, سهر لێ دهرچونKurdish
- аңдоо, түшүнүүKyrgyz
- intellegō, interpretor, video, comprehendō, capio, conspicio, percipio, teneo, scio, crēdō, exaudioLatin
- orotau, mātau, aweko, aroMāori
- мэдэх, ойлгохMongolian
- snappen, begrijpen, geloven, verstaanDutch
- kunne, forstå, skjønne, fatteNorwegian
- ӕмбарынOssetian, Ossetic
- [[być]] [[świadomy, rozumieć, pojmowaćPolish
- compreender, acreditar, entenderPortuguese
- capir, tgapeir, chapirRomansh
- înțelege, pricepeRomanian
- понимать, понять, разуметьRussian
- cumprèndhere, cumprendiSardinian
- razumjeti, разумјети, razumeti, разуметиSerbo-Croatian
- තේරෙනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- përvetësoj, ftillohem, kuptoj, besojAlbanian
- รู้เรื่อง, เข้าใจ, ทราบThai
- anglamoq, tushunmoqUzbek
- qonda, bonaZulu
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