[ uhn-der-stoo d ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈstʊd /


simple past tense and past participle of understand.


agreed upon; known in advance; assented to: It is the understood policy of this establishment to limit credit.
implied but not stated; left unexpressed: The understood meaning of a danger sign is “Do not approach.”

Nearby words

  1. understate,
  2. understated,
  3. understatement,
  4. understeer,
  5. understock,
  6. understorey,
  7. understory,
  8. understrapper,
  9. understratum,
  10. understrength

Related formshalf-un·der·stood, adjectivenon·un·der·stood, adjectiveself-un·der·stood, adjectivewell-un·der·stood, adjective


[ uhn-der-stand ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈstænd /

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

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

Related formspre·un·der·stand, verb, pre·un·der·stood, pre·un·der·stand·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for understood


/ (ˌʌndəˈstʊd) /


the past tense and past participle of understand


implied or inferred
taken for granted; assumed


/ (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 Formsunderstandable, 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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Word Origin and History for understood


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Idioms and Phrases with understood


see give to understand.

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