Understand - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌʌndərˈstænd|  American pronunciation of the word understand
Brit.  |ˌʌndəˈstænd|  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: 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: empathize, 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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