Understanding is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object.
Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding. Understanding implies abilities and dispositions with respect to an object of knowledge that are sufficient to support intelligent behaviour.Understanding is often, though not always, related to learning concepts, and sometimes also the theory or theories associated with those concepts. However, a person may have a good ability to predict the behaviour of an object, animal or system—and therefore may, in some sense, understand it—without necessarily being familiar with the concepts or theories associated with that object, animal or system in their culture. They may have developed their own distinct concepts and theories, which may be equivalent, better or worse than the recognised standard concepts and theories of their culture. Thus, understanding is correlated with the ability to make inferences.
To include, comprise; to contain. from 14th c.
To understand or grasp fully and thoroughly. from 14th c.
To be aware of the meaning of.
"I understand German."
"I received your note, but I did not understand it."
To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.
"But we cannot disappoint Grandma and Grandpa Smith, and that is what family is all about! Do you understand?!"
"In this sense, the word is usually used in the past participle:"
To stand under; to support.
One who supports others in such performances as the human pyramid.
include, comprise, or encompass
"a divine order comprehending all men"
perceive the intended meaning of (words, a language, or a speaker)
"he didn't understand a word I said"
"she understood what he was saying"
"he could usually make himself understood"
perceive the significance, explanation, or cause of
"she didn't really understand the situation"
"he couldn't understand why we burst out laughing"
interpret or view (something) in a particular way
"as the term is usually understood, legislation refers to regulations and directives"
infer something from information received (often used as a polite formula in conversation)
"I understand you're at art school"
"as I understood it, she was flying back to the States tomorrow"
regard (a missing word, phrase, or idea) as present
"‘present company excepted’ is always understood when sweeping generalizations are being made"
assume to be the case; take for granted
"he liked to play the field, that was understood"
be sympathetically or knowledgeably aware of the character or nature of
"I understand how you feel"
"Picasso understood colour"
To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire.
To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
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.
To have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent being.
To be informed; to have or receive knowledge.
get the meaning of something;
"Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
to become aware of through the senses;
"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory;
"This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"
"this should cover everyone in the group"
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of;
"She did not understand her husband"
"I understand what she means"
perceive (an idea or situation) mentally;
"Now I see!"
"I just can't see your point"
"Does she realize how important this decision is?"
"I don't understand the idea"
make sense of a language;
"She understands French"
"Can you read Greek?"
believe to be the case;
"I understand you have no previous experience?"
be understanding of;
"You don't need to explain--I understand!"
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