[ uhn-der-stood ]
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  1. simple past tense and past participle of understand.

  1. agreed upon; known in advance; assented to: It is the understood policy of this establishment to limit credit.

  2. implied but not stated; left unexpressed: The understood meaning of a danger sign is “Do not approach.”

Origin of understood

First recorded in 1600–10, for the adjective

Other words from understood

  • half-un·der·stood, adjective
  • non·un·der·stood, adjective
  • self-un·der·stood, adjective
  • well-un·der·stood, adjective

Words Nearby understood

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How to use understood in a sentence

  • "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.

  • 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


/ (ˌʌndəˈstʊd) /

  1. the past tense and past participle of understand

  1. implied or inferred

  2. taken for granted; assumed

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