verb (used with object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.
verb (used without object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.
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Origin of understand
OTHER WORDS FROM understandpre·un·der·stand, verb, pre·un·der·stood, pre·un·der·stand·ing.
Words nearby understand
Example sentences from the Web for understand
He appeared to understand however belatedly that he was in the presence of another kind of greatness.
I understand that this is human trafficking, but I know that my people have no other option.
Is that a utilitarian approach—that you need to understand how institutions have changed to understand the way they are?
I think you need to understand the history to understand where you are at a given moment.
You know, Ward, I think I understand my father more every day.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As a military man he is said to be well informed, and to understand well the principles of his profession.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2)|Hazard Stevens
The Bishop did not understand Latin so offered up a prayer for he and she mules.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
As usual she seemed to read my thoughts and understand them.Kent Knowles: Quahaug|Joseph C. Lincoln
That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the æsthetic critic can understand it.Intentions|Oscar Wilde
Had a war over here not long ago, I understand—somethin' like ten or fifteen years ago.Graustark|George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for understand
verb -stands, -standing or -stood
Derived forms of understandunderstandable, adjectiveunderstandably, adverb
Word Origin for understand
Idioms and Phrases with understand
see give to understand.