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understand

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.
synonyms:
sympathize with
similar words:
appreciate, feel, know, recognize, see
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to perceive and grasp the intended meaning.
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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