understood

[ uhn-der-stoo d ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈstʊd /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of understand.

adjective

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.”

Related forms

half-un·der·stood, adjectivenon·un·der·stood, adjectiveself-un·der·stood, adjectivewell-un·der·stood, adjective

Definition for understood (2 of 2)

understand

[ 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 forms

pre·un·der·stand, verb, pre·un·der·stood, pre·un·der·stand·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for understood (1 of 2)

understood

/ (ˌʌndəˈstʊd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of understand

adjective

implied or inferred
taken for granted; assumed

British Dictionary definitions for understood (2 of 2)

understand

/ (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 Forms

understandable, 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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Idioms and Phrases with understood

understand


see give to understand.

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