Understand meaning

ŭndər-stănd
To get or perceive the meaning of; know or grasp what is meant by; comprehend.

To understand a question.

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Understand is defined as to know the meaning of something or to grasp the situation.

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.

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To take for granted or as a fact.

It is understood that no one is to leave.

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To supply mentally (an idea, word, etc.), as for grammatical completeness.
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To be aware of the meaning of.

I understand German.

I received your note, but I did not understand it.

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To gather or assume from what is heard, known, etc.; infer.

Are we to understand that you want to go?

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To learn something indirectly or secondhand; gather.
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To supply or add (words or a meaning, for example) mentally.

A verb is understood at the end of the statement “Yes, let's.”

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To be informed; believe.

He is, I understand, no longer here.

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To believe, based on information.

I understand that you have information for me.

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To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.

But we cannot disappoint Grandma and Grandpa Smith, and that is what family is all about! Do you understand?!

In this sense, the word is usually used in the past participle.

In the imperative mood, the word “you" is usually understood.

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To know thoroughly by close contact or long experience with.

That teacher understands children. I understand the basics of car repair.

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To take as meant or meaning; interpret.

To understand his silence as refusal.

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To know thoroughly; grasp or perceive clearly and fully the nature, character, functioning, etc. of.
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To have a sympathetic rapport with.

No one understands me.

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To have understanding, comprehension, sympathetic awareness, etc., either in general or with reference to something specific.
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Origin of understand

  • Middle English understanden from Old English understandan under- under- standan to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English understanden, from Old English understandan (“to understand"), from Proto-Germanic *under (“between") + *standanÄ… (“to stand"), equivalent to Old English under- (“between, inter-") + standan (“to stand"). Cognate with Eastern Frisian understunda (“to understand"), Old High German understantan (“to understand"), Middle Danish understande (“to understand"). Compare also Dutch onderstaan (“to undertake, presume"), German unterstehen (“to be subordinate"). More at inter-, stand.

    From Wiktionary