- The definition of understanding is showing comprehension of a subject, or compassion or sympathy for another person.
- An example of understanding is a person who is very smart in math.
- An example of understanding is a teacher who shows sympathy for her students' difficulties.
- Understanding is defined as the process of comprehending or the knowledge of a specific thing or practice.
- An example of understanding is the state of absorbing facts about a scientific study.
- An example of understanding is having strong knowledge in math.
- the mental quality, act, or state of a person who understands; comprehension, knowledge, discernment, sympathetic awareness, etc.
- the power or ability to think, learn, judge, etc.; intelligence; sense
- a specific interpretation or inference: one's understanding of a matter
- mutual comprehension, as of ideas, intentions, etc.
- a mutual agreement, esp. one that settles differences or is informal and not made public
- a. The ability by which one understands; intelligence: concepts that are beyond the understanding of a child.b. The quality or condition of one who understands; comprehension: Do you have much understanding of calculus? See Synonyms at reason.
- Individual or specified judgment or outlook; opinion: In my understanding, this is a good plan.
- A usually implicit agreement between two or more people or groups: an understanding between neighbors over late-night noise.
- A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others; sympathy: Can't you show some understanding for the poor child?
(countable and uncountable, plural understandings)
- (uncountable) Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.
- (countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
- (countable) Opinion, judgement or outlook.
- According to my understanding, the situation is quite perilous. I wonder if you see it this way, too.
- (countable) An informal contract, mutual agreement.
- I thought we had an understanding - you do the dishes, and I throw the trash.
- (countable) A reconciliation of differences.
- The parties of the negotiation have managed to come to an understanding.
- (uncountable) Sympathy.
- He showed much understanding when he found out of my troublesome familial history.
- All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.
(comparative more understanding, superlative most understanding)
- Showing compassion.
- Present participle of understand.
Variant of understand
transitive verbunderstood, understanding
- 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 of understandMiddle English understanden ; from Old English understandan, literally , 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