- the power of abstract thought; logical power.
- Kantianism. the mental faculty resolving the sensory manifold into the transcendental unity of apperception.
Origin of understanding
Related formsun·der·stand·ing·ly, adverbnon·un·der·stand·ing, adjective, nounnon·un·der·stand·ing·ly, adverbself-un·der·stand·ing, noun
Definition for understanding (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.
verb (used without object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.
Origin of understand
Related formspre·un·der·stand, verb, pre·un·der·stood, pre·un·der·stand·ing.
Examples from the Web for understanding
Nothing made Groucho funnier than having this Margaret Dumont around not understanding the jokes.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Understanding my own dreams had a lot to do with getting me off the juice.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As she discussed her understanding of the voting rights campaign and how she planned to recreate it, I grew more relieved.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Now half-awake, we need all the help we can get in understanding our situation.
I ask you now for your understanding and compassion: My father needs me at this most difficult time.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not to trust to his own understanding, lest God blind his understanding.A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-Government and Ministry|Ministers and Elders of the London Provinciall Assembly
A genuine liking for Prometheus Unbound may be reckoned the touch-stone of a mans capacity for understanding lyric poetry.Shelley|John Addington Symonds
A mule can beat you at that: 'Be ye not as the mule, which have no understanding.'Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
Upon these points there is said to be little doubt that the two nations will come to an understanding.
To neither of these was an understanding of Puritanism at all possible.The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX.|Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
British Dictionary definitions for understanding (1 of 2)
Derived Formsunderstandingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for understanding (2 of 2)
verb -stands, -standing or -stood
Derived Formsunderstandable, adjectiveunderstandably, adverb
Word Origin for understand
Idioms and Phrases with understanding
see give to understand.