What does understanding mean?

Definitions for understanding
ˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋun·der·stand·ing

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

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"

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. understanding

    The intuitive feeling, knowing, intelligence, act, fact and ability to understand.

    It was their understanding that both their families would be attending the full wedding and cousins attending the afters of the wedding.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 20, 2020  
  2. understanding

    Verb from of the word understand.

    The understanding of the team is accurate and clear so we always remain united through all moments of time.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 14, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of understanding in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of understanding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of understanding in a Sentence

  1. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    One of the most significant management functions is control. Controls are usually directed by organization policies and procedures. They are based on the concept that people should have a thorough understanding of management expectations. And there should be consequences for noncompliance. Penalties for noncompliance are predicated upon the theory, that people will not behave if they have nothing to lose.

  2. Scott Lasley:

    I'm fairly confident that the money will be there. It would surprise me if it wasn't, my understanding and my assumption is that's not an issue, that the Paul campaign will ensure the funding of the caucus. If for some reason if that were not to happen, that would complicate things. But I have no reason to believe that would not happen.

  3. Anurag Srivastava:

    Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken, the temptation of the sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.

  4. President Trump:

    There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement, but we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and place far greater in understanding and cooperation.

  5. Jeffrey Dannenberg:

    Following an understanding reached with counsel for the House Intelligence Committee, Semyon Kislin will not be appearing for an interview or deposition today, semyon Kislin is not refusing to cooperate with the Committee's requests. I continue to communicate with the Committee's counsel to satisfy The House Intelligence Committee that Semyon Kislin has no knowledge of any matters relevant to the pending impeachment inquiry.

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