understand

understand [un΄dər stand′]
vt.
understood, understanding [ME understanden < OE understandan, lit., to stand among, hence observe, understand]
1. to get or perceive the meaning of; know or grasp what is meant by; comprehend [to understand a question]
2. to gather or assume from what is heard, known, etc.; infer [are we to understand that you want to go?]
3. to take as meant or meaning; interpret [to understand his silence as refusal]
4. to take for granted or as a fact [it is understood that no one is to leave]
5. to supply mentally (an idea, word, etc.), as for grammatical completeness
6. to get as information; learn
7. to know thoroughly; grasp or perceive clearly and fully the nature, character, functioning, etc. of
8. to have a sympathetic rapport with [no one understands me]
vi.
1. to have understanding, comprehension, sympathetic awareness, etc., either in general or with reference to something specific
2. to be informed; believe [he is, I understand, no longer here]
understandable
adj.
understandably
adv.
SYN.- UNDERSTAND and COMPREHEND are used interchangeably to imply clear perception of the meaning of something, but, more precisely, UNDERSTAND stresses the full awareness or knowledge arrived at, and COMPREHEND, the process of grasping something mentally [one may comprehend the words in an idiom without understanding at all what is meant ]; APPRECIATE implies sensitive, discriminating perception of the exact worth or value of something [to appreciate the difficulties of a situation ]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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