Understand is defined as to know the meaning of something or to grasp the situation.verb
- An example of understand is to comprehend astrophysics.
- An example of understand is to realize the pain of someone who just lost a loved one.
- to get or perceive the meaning of; know or grasp what is meant by; comprehend: to understand a question
- to gather or assume from what is heard, known, etc.; infer: are we to understand that you want to go?
- to take as meant or meaning; interpret: to understand his silence as refusal
- to take for granted or as a fact: it is understood that no one is to leave
- to supply mentally (an idea, word, etc.), as for grammatical completeness
- to get as information; learn
- to know thoroughly; grasp or perceive clearly and fully the nature, character, functioning, etc. of
- to have a sympathetic rapport with: no one understands me
Origin: ME understanden < OE understandan, lit., to stand among, hence observe, understand
- to have understanding, comprehension, sympathetic awareness, etc., either in general or with reference to something specific
- to be informed; believe: he is, I understand, no longer here
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verb un·der·stood , un·der·stand·ing, un·der·stands verb, transitive
- To perceive and comprehend the nature and significance of; grasp. See Synonyms at apprehend.
- To know thoroughly by close contact or long experience with: That teacher understands children.
- a. To grasp or comprehend the meaning intended or expressed by (another): They have trouble with English, but I can understand them.b. To comprehend the language, sounds, form, or symbols of.
- To know and be tolerant or sympathetic toward: I can understand your point of view even though I disagree with it.
- To learn indirectly, as by hearsay: I understand his departure was unexpected.
- To infer: Am I to understand you are staying the night?
- To accept (something) as an agreed fact: It is understood that the fee will be 50 dollars.
- To supply or add (words or a meaning, for example) mentally.
- a. To have understanding, knowledge, or comprehension.b. To have sympathy or tolerance.
- To learn something indirectly or secondhand; gather.
Origin: Middle English understanden, from Old English understandan : under-, under- + standan, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.