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.”
- half-un·der·stood, adjective
- non·un·der·stood, adjective
- self-un·der·stood, adjective
- well-un·der·stood, adjective
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How to use understood in a sentence
What it endangers is a narrow conception of Russian power, understood through the eyes of its dictatorial leader.
Most people, however, understood the significance of the photo immediately-- especially those who share my skin.
President Park understood the power of cinema as propaganda.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea | Rich Goldstein | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Earlier in the segment, host Chuck Todd had asked him if he understood and acknowledged that black people have a fear of police.
I answered that I had gone and talked to many members of law enforcement who through their investigations understood these links.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism | Louise I. Shelley | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"There is no more war," Brion translated for Ulv, realizing that the Disan had understood nothing of the explanation.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
A similar state had occurred that 'Karnak night' of a long ten days ago, though he had not understood it then.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
No one ever argued with Levison; all understood that this particular phrase was final.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
She now understood nearly all that was said directly to her, though she could not follow general and confused conversation.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
“I understood, Baron, that you had quite made up your mind to retire within a very few weeks,” said David Arden.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for understood
the past tense and past participle of understand
implied or inferred
taken for granted; assumed
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