What does understand mean?

Definitions for understand
ˌʌn dərˈstændun·der·stand

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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!"

Wiktionary

  1. understand(Verb)

    To be aware of the meaning of.

    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.

  2. understand(Verb)

    To believe, based on information.

    I understand that you have information for me.

    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.

  3. understand(Verb)

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

    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.

  4. understand(Verb)

    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.

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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. understand

    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  
  2. understand

    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

  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

How to pronounce understand?

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How to say understand in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of understand in a Sentence

  1. Oussama Wazni:

    Patients and their family members should have realistic expectations - especially in this group of patients that have frailty and dementia, we want to make sure the family members and the patient understand we only recommend a procedure when the benefit is more than the risk in all instances.

  2. Camila Mendes:

    I’ve never liked this idea of ‘Don’t give him everything.’ Like, you’ve given someone all of yourself by having sex with them. What’s valuable to me is giving you my love and my intimacy, i want to tell [guys], ‘Don’t have sex at me — have sex with me.’ I want them to understand that it’s so much better when we’re connected.

  3. The United:

    The regime in Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against The United States interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive The United States response.

  4. Prashant Agarwal:

    We often prevaricate, think and overthink, and hold ourselves back from going for the things we want to achieve most in life. The main reason for this is we tend to analyze our circumstances too much and end up thinking, “This is not the right time!”. We wait, we evaluate and stay cocooned in the illusion that we should delay until circumstances change for the better. Little do we understand that “Time and Tide Waits for None!” Circumstances will not change themselves, the best time will never come, we have to CREATE the right time, and the best time is RIGHT NOW! So go ahead, take the bull by its horns and make NOW the BEST time that ever could be.

  5. Hannes Schroeder:

    Our ancestors lived in a different environment and had a different lifestyle and diet, and it is therefore interesting to find out how this is reflected in their microbiome,' it can help us understand how pathogens have evolved and spread over time, and what makes them particularly virulent in a given environment. At the same time, it may help predict how a pathogen will behave in the future, and how it might be contained or eradicated.

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