understand meaning

[ ˌʌndə'stænd ] Pronunciation:   "understand" in a sentence
  • Verb: understand (understood)  `úndur'stand
    1. Know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
      "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means" 
    2. Perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
      "I don't understand the idea"
      - realize, realise [Brit], see 
    3. Make sense of a language
      "She understands French"
      - read, interpret, translate 
    4. Believe to be the case
      "I understand you have no previous experience?"
      - infer 
    5. Be understanding of
      "You don't need to explain--I understand!"
      - sympathize, sympathise [Brit], empathize, empathise [Brit]

    Derived forms: understanding, understood, understands

    See also: understandable, understanding

    Type of: believe

    Encyclopedia: Understand


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  1. i understand your reluctance to leave.
  2. in the end she will understand his feelings.
  3. bevy and i understand each other perfectly.
  4. he reads so fast and understands so well.
  5. i understand he is wealthy, and very influential.

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