[ uhn-der-stand ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈstænd /
verb (used with object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.
to perceive the meaning of; grasp the idea of; comprehend: to understand Spanish; I didn't understand your question.
to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of: to understand a trade.
to assign a meaning to; interpret: He understood her suggestion as a complaint.
to grasp the significance, implications, or importance of: He does not understand responsibility.
to regard as firmly communicated; take as agreed or settled: I understand that you will repay this loan in 30 days.
to learn or hear: I understand that you are going out of town.
to accept as true; believe: I understand that you are trying to be truthful, but you are wrong.
to construe in a particular way: You are to understand the phrase literally.
to supply mentally (something that is not expressed).
verb (used without object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.
to perceive what is meant; grasp the information conveyed: She told them about it in simple words, hoping they would understand.
to accept tolerantly or sympathetically: If you can't do it, I'll understand.
to have knowledge or background, as on a particular subject: He understands about boats.
to have a systematic interpretation or rationale, as in a field or area of knowledge: He can repeat every rule in the book, but he just doesn't understand.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THIS MIDDLE SCHOOL PART OF SPEECH QUIZ!
How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text! Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.
Question 1 of 10
In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.
Origin of understand
SYNONYMS FOR understand
1 See know1.
OTHER WORDS FROM understandpre·un·der·stand, verb, pre·un·der·stood, pre·un·der·stand·ing.
Words nearby understand
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British Dictionary definitions for preunderstanding
/ (ˌʌndəˈstænd) /
verb -stands, -standing or -stood
(may take a clause as object) to know and comprehend the nature or meaning ofI understand you; I understand what you mean
(may take a clause as object) to realize or grasp (something)he understands your position
(tr; may take a clause as object) to assume, infer, or believeI understand you are thinking of marrying
(tr) to know how to translate or readcan you understand Spanish?
(tr; may take a clause as object; often passive) to accept as a condition or provisoit is understood that children must be kept quiet
(tr) to be sympathetic to or compatible withwe understand each other
Derived forms of understandunderstandable, adjectiveunderstandably, adverb
Word Origin for understand
Old English understandan; related to Old Frisian understonda, Middle High German understān step under; see under, stand
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Idioms and Phrases with preunderstanding
see give to understand.
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