To understand a question.
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.
It is understood that no one is to leave.
I understand German.
I received your note, but I did not understand it.
Are we to understand that you want to go?
A verb is understood at the end of the statement “Yes, let's.”
He is, I understand, no longer here.
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.
That teacher understands children. I understand the basics of car repair.
To understand his silence as refusal.
No one understands me.
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.