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understand

[ uhn-der-stand ]
/ 藢蕦n d蓹r藞st忙nd /
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verb (used with object), un路der路stood, un路der路stand路ing.
verb (used without object), un路der路stood, un路der路stand路ing.
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Origin of understand

First recorded before 900; Middle English understanden, understonden, Old English understondan; cognate with Dutch onderstaan. See under-, stand

OTHER WORDS FROM understand

pre路un路der路stand, verb, pre路un路der路stood, pre路un路der路stand路ing.
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What are other ways to say聽understand?

To understand something is to be thoroughly familiar with it, or to apprehend clearly its character, nature, or subtleties. How is understand different from know and comprehend? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

How to use understand in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for understand

understand
/ (藢蕦nd蓹藞st忙nd) /

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 understand

understandable, adjectiveunderstandably, adverb

Word Origin for understand

Old English understandan; related to Old Frisian understonda, Middle High German underst膩n step under; see under, stand
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Other Idioms and Phrases with understand

understand

see give to understand.

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