Understand - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌʌndərˈstænd|  American pronunciation of the word understand
Brit.  |ʌndəˈstand|  British pronunciation of the word understand
irregular verb:  p.t. — understood  p.p. — understood


- 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(syn: realise, realize, see)

I don't understand the idea

- make sense of a language(syn: interpret, read, translate)

She understands French

- believe to be the case(syn: infer)

I understand you have no previous experience?

- be understanding of(syn: empathise, empathize, sympathise, sympathize)

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


I can't understand a word you're saying.

I don't understand these directions.

I want you to stay away from her. Do you understand?

I don't understand how this is supposed to work.

He doesn't really understand the situation.

You should read the book in order to understand more about the subject.

I can't understand why she would do such a thing.

She's beginning to understand what's going on.

You have to understand that I had no other choice.

At first we didn't get along, but I think we understand each other now.

I understand that you will be moving here soon.

I cannot understand his behaving like that.

We do not understand why she left.

They don't understand anything about politics.

No one could understand that from my words.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: understand
he/she/it: understands
present participle: understanding
past tense: understood
past participle: understood
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