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Pronunciation:  `undur'stand

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
  2. [v]  perceive mentally, as of an idea; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea"
  3. [v]  believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous experience?"
  4. [v]  make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"
  5. [v]  be understanding of; "You don't need to explain--I understand!"

UNDERSTAND is a 10 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: empathise, empathize, gather, infer, realise, realize, sympathise, sympathize
 See Also: appreciate, apprehend, believe, bottom, catch, compass, comprehend, construe, dig, fathom, figure out, follow, get, get the picture, grasp, interpret, lick, make out, penetrate, perceive, puzzle out, read, savvy, see, sense, solve, take account, touch, translate, understand, work, work out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Un`der*stand"\ ([u^]n`d[~e]r*st[a^]nd"), v. t. [imp.
    & p. p. {Understood}, and Archaic {Understanded}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Understanding}.] [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}.]
    1. 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
       Speaketh [i. e., speak thou] so plain at this time, I you
       pray, That we may understande what ye say.  --Chaucer.
       I understand not what you mean by this.     --Shak.
       Understood not all was but a show.          --Milton.
       A tongue not understanded of the people.    --Bk. of Com.
    2. To be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be
       informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has
       passed the bill.
    3. To recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to
       mean; to interpret; to explain.
             The most learned interpreters understood the words
             of sin, and not of Abel.              --Locke.
    4. To mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for
       granted; to assume.
             War, then, war, Open or understood, must be
             resolved.                             --Milton.
    5. To stand under; to support. [Jocose & R.] --Shak.
    {To give one to understand}, to cause one to know.
    {To make one's self understood}, to make one's meaning clear.
  2. \Un`der*stand"\, v. i.
    1. To have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an
       intelligent being.
             Imparadised in you, in whom alone I understand, and
             grow, and see.                        --Donne.
    2. To be informed; to have or receive knowledge.
             I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that
             Eliashib did for Tobiah.              --Neh. xiii.