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un·der·stand

understand

 
 
pronunciation:
uhn dr staend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: understands, understanding, understood
definition 1: to perceive the meaning, nature, or significance of.
The child understands only simple words.I understand that concept, but it's difficult to explain it.
synonyms:
comprehend, grasp, perceive, see
antonyms:
misunderstand
similar words:
apprehend, catch, fathom, follow, get, know, read, realize, recognize, savvy, seize
definition 2: to know well the ways, nature, and workings of.
We need someone who understands computers to help us with this.He was a brilliant and complicated young man, and his parents did not understand him.
similar words:
comprehend, fathom, have down pat, know
definition 3: to assume agreement; take as settled.
The terms of the contract are understood by both parties.
similar words:
accept, assume, presume, suppose
definition 4: to interpret in a particular way.
She understood the insult as a compliment.
synonyms:
construe, interpret, regard
similar words:
accept, appraise, assess, evaluate, read, see, take
definition 5: to hear through another source; gather.
I understand that you're planning to run for city council.There must be an error: we understood that drinks were half price today.
synonyms:
gather, hear
similar words:
infer, learn
definition 6: to accept as fact.
It is understood that cheating on tests is not allowed.
synonyms:
accept
similar words:
know
definition 7: to grasp the reason or logic behind (something) and have some sympathy concerning.
I understand your dislike for your job, but isn't it better to stay until you find a new one?I cannot understand his dropping out of medical school.She understands his wanting to make more money, but she wishes he didn't have to travel.I understand that you're upset, but you should consider how others feel too.
synonyms:
sympathize with
similar words:
appreciate, feel, know, recognize, see
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to perceive and grasp the intended meaning.
I understand completely, and I agree with what you're saying.
synonyms:
apprehend, know, see
antonyms:
misunderstand
similar words:
savvy
definition 2: to be sympathetic or tolerant.
If you can't pay right away, I will understand.
similar words:
sympathize
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