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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Understand \Un'der*stand"\ ([u^]n'd[~e]r*st[a^]nd"), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Understood} ([u^]n'd[~e]r*st[oo^]d"), 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 wink.

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. Prayer.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Understand \Un'der*stand"\, verb (used without an object)

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. 7.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"

2: 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" [syn: {understand}, {realize}, {realise}, {see}]

3: make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?" [syn: {understand}, {read}, {interpret}, {translate}]

4: believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous experience?" [syn: {understand}, {infer}]

5: be understanding of; "You don't need to explain--I understand!" [syn: {sympathize}, {sympathise}, {empathize}, {empathise}, {understand}]

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