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Definition of "understand" []

  • To perceive and comprehend the nature and significance of; grasp. See Synonyms at apprehend. (verb-transitive)
  • To know thoroughly by close contact or long experience with: That teacher understands children. (verb-transitive)
  • To grasp or comprehend the meaning intended or expressed by (another): They have trouble with English, but I can understand them. (verb-transitive)
  • To comprehend the language, sounds, form, or symbols of. (verb-transitive)
  • To know and be tolerant or sympathetic toward: I can understand your point of view even though I disagree with it. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "understand" in a sentence
  • "A person near expressed a fear that he did not understand what I said, being so weak and near death, but he quickly, and with great emphasis, exclaimed, '_I hear, I understand_' While I was praying his expression of countenance was most lovely."
  • "And that is not the worst of it; they can't understand that _I can't understand_ them."
  • "And some pious neighbors, earnestly exhorting him to solemn concern and preparation, could not make him understand, we repeat with emphasis, _understand_ why there was occasion for any extraordinary disturbance of mind."