Definition and Meanings for understand

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Understand is ranked 320 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of understand

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of understand

oe. understanden, as. understandan, literally, to stand under; cf. as. forstandan to understand, g. verstehen. the development of sense is not clear. see under, and stand

Meaning of understand


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to have just and adequate ideas of; to apprehended the meaning or intention of; to have knowledge of; to comprehend; to know; as, to understand a problem in euclid; to understand a proposition or a declaration; the court understands the advocate or his argument; to understand the sacred oracles; to understand a nod or a wink.
  • to be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, i understand that congress has passed the bill.
  • to recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to mean; to interpret; to explain.
  • to mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for granted; to assume.
  • to stand under; to support.

as intransitive verb

  • to have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent being.
  • to be informed; to have or receive knowledge.
  • No antonyms for understand

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