1. [ verb ] know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

Related terms: solve interpret get_the_picture penetrate catch make_out touch read follow sense understanding
2. [ verb ] perceive mentally, as of an idea
Synonyms: see realize realise

"Now I see!" "I just can't see your point" "Does she realize how important this decision is?" "I don't understand the idea"

Related terms: appreciate perceive visualize see understanding
3. [ verb ] make sense of a language
Synonyms: translate interpret read

"She understands French" "Can you read Greek?"

4. [ verb ] believe to be the case
Synonyms: infer gather

"I understand you have no previous experience?"

Related terms: believe
5. [ verb ] be understanding of
Synonyms: sympathize sympathise empathise empathize

"You don't need to explain--I understand!"

Related terms: sympathy empathy
Similar spelling:   understanding