What does understanding mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvynoun

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands

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

  2. agreement, understandingnoun

    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, understandingnoun

    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, intellectadjective

    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. understandingadjective

    characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy

    "an understanding friend"

Wiktionary

  1. understandingnoun

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

  2. understandingnoun

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

  3. understandingnoun

    Opinion, judgement or outlook.

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

  4. understandingnoun

    An informal contract, mutual agreement.

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

  5. understandingnoun

    A reconciliation of differences.

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

  6. understandingnoun

    Sympathy.

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

  7. understandingnoun

    All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.

  8. understandingadjective

    Showing compassion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understanding

    of Understand

  2. Understandingadjective

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

  3. Understandingnoun

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

  4. Understandingnoun

    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. Understandingnoun

    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. Understandingnoun

    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  

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  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. Alev Ates-Barlas:

    If you know your partner is an auto-regulator, then you shouldn't pursue them or engage them, once you regulate yourself, engaging in reflective listening can be a good way to eliminate causes for friction and use that as an opportunity for greater understanding and learning about one another.

  2. Cui Tiankai:

    With sufficient mutual respect and mutual understanding, we are capable of managing these differences so that they would not derail the entire relationship.

  3. United Nations Anti-Discrimination commissioner:

    I don't think there is a total denial of racism in Russia but there is certainly a lack of understanding by officials in Russia of what racism is, too often, officials in Russia only see the problem from their point of view. They do not stand inside the shoes of the victim and see it from his point of view.

  4. Kahlil Gibran:

    It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    The first challenge is that, you cannot expect everyone to get the same understanding of the book. Are we not all unique in life?

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