understood

[uhn-der-stoo d]

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.”

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

understand

[uhn-der-stand]

verb (used with object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.

to perceive the meaning of; grasp the idea of; comprehend: to understand Spanish; I didn't understand your question.
to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of: to understand a trade.
to assign a meaning to; interpret: He understood her suggestion as a complaint.
to grasp the significance, implications, or importance of: He does not understand responsibility.
to regard as firmly communicated; take as agreed or settled: I understand that you will repay this loan in 30 days.
to learn or hear: I understand that you are going out of town.
to accept as true; believe: I understand that you are trying to be truthful, but you are wrong.
to construe in a particular way: You are to understand the phrase literally.
to supply mentally (something that is not expressed).

verb (used without object), un·der·stood, un·der·stand·ing.

to perceive what is meant; grasp the information conveyed: She told them about it in simple words, hoping they would understand.
to accept tolerantly or sympathetically: If you can't do it, I'll understand.
to have knowledge or background, as on a particular subject: He understands about boats.
to have a systematic interpretation or rationale, as in a field or area of knowledge: He can repeat every rule in the book, but he just doesn't understand.

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

understood

verb

the past tense and past participle of understand

adjective

implied or inferred
taken for granted; assumed

understand

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

understand

v.
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Idioms and Phrases with understood

understand

see give to understand.

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