Adjective "understand" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Perceive the intended meaning of (words, a language, or a speaker)
  1. 'he could usually make himself understood'
  2. 'We knew that he had never been to school and yet he could speak so fluently and be understood by first language speakers.'
  3. 'Even someone who did not know English would have understood every word.'
  4. 'Somehow between our languages we were able to make ourselves understood.'
  5. 'For the most part, speakers of different dialects can make themselves understood to speakers of other dialects.'
  6. 'It was virtually impossible to hear a word anyone was saying or to make yourself understood.'
  7. 'Maxwell was seconds away from challenging the man about it when he discovered the guy was Italian and hadn't understood a word.'
  8. 'Computers can use language, but they can't use and understand words.'
  9. 'At my workplace my boss gets the children to memorise great tracks of English, but they don't understand a word of it.'
  10. 'She looked at me with no expression at all as if she didn't understand a word I'd said.'
  11. 'I was already fluent in French and Spanish so it was not difficult to understand another Latin language.'
  12. 'she didn't really understand the situation'
  13. 'This situation is better understood through lenses of conflict theory.'
  14. 'I just want to understand what the practical significance of this issue is.'
  15. 'Wise woman that she was, she understood this was a situation where she didn't belong.'
  16. 'It's so simple, but it can never be understood or mastered.'
  17. 'I'm not sure I understood much about the situation in the region.'
  18. 'Its significance has not been fully understood because of controversy over its dating.'
  19. 'He understands how volatile this situation is.'
  20. 'I don't believe he understood very well the significance of the date.'
  21. 'It was a credit to the council and, while it was a very costly facility, it could now be understood why the cost was so high.'
  22. 'Without this perspective, the significance of the case cannot be fully understood.'
Interpret or view (something) in a particular way.
  1. 'The Journal is usually better at understanding economics than this.'
  2. 'A lot of people don't understand it and view it as something negative because of the extreme nature of it.'
  3. 'In journalism classically understood, information flows from the press to the public.'
  4. 'This point of view is essential to understanding the framework of national history.'
  5. 'At the same time, the painting's title requires us to understand it as a view of New York.'
  6. 'It will steer you towards companies that are small friendly and reliable - and usually excellent at understanding the needs of a family holiday.'
  7. 'But Jack rejects this view and understands it for what it is.'
  8. 'I understand you're at art school'
  9. 'I understand that people want information and so would I.'
  10. 'Everyone understood that an anxious community wanted correct information.'
  11. 'Anyone who knows me well understands that I am unable to carry on a conversation unless it leads to the topic of food.'
  12. 'Apart from the art department, I understand that the school gives a pretty good education.'
  13. 'We also understood that the problem of finding useful information was expanding as the web expanded.'
  14. 'She understood that the Vice President had learned this information from the CIA.'
  15. 'He said he understood that schools in disadvantaged parts of the district should receive extra money.'
  16. 'He understands that he is going to receive a long prison sentence.'
  17. 'Thirty people were on board and he understood 15 received medical treatment at the scene.'
  18. 'From our last phone conversation I understood she had a crush on him and he had one on her.'
  19. '‘present company excepted’ is always understood when sweeping generalizations are being made'
  20. 'It is understood the board viewed two different rough cuts of the film at the beginning of last month.'
  21. 'It should be understood that the grant is limited to less than $1,000 annually.'
Be sympathetically or knowledgeably aware of the character or nature of.
  1. with clause 'I understand how you feel'
  2. 'Given the pressure he was under, I understood and even sympathized.'
  3. 'Others feel the need for a bit of encouragement, a sense that the preacher understands or better still sympathises with the compulsions of their lives.'
  4. 'In order for a reader to understand a story, the characters must be understood.'
  5. 'Brit rolled her eyes, never quite understanding her sister's tomboyish streak.'
  6. 'Have you ever wondered why you can never seem to understand your significant other?'
  7. 'While Scott concedes that she is somewhat overbearing, he understands what the character is all about.'
  8. 'I didn't quite understand myself how I could love him so much.'
  9. 'The provinces did not quite understand London, and slightly mistrusted it.'
  10. 'It's a common oversight because lighting technology isn't quite understood by homeowners.'
  11. 'I never quite felt I understood her or what she was after.'

More definitions

1. to perceive the meaning of; grasp the idea of; comprehend: to understand Spanish; I didn't understand your question.

2. to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of: to understand a trade.

3. to assign a meaning to; interpret: He understood her suggestion as a complaint.

4. to grasp the significance, implications, or importance of: He does not understand responsibility.

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More examples(as adjective)

"people can be understand over violences."

"effects can be understand by publics."

"places can be understand in places."

"people can be understand about sides."

"governments can be understand in/at/on ses."

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Old English understandan (see under-, stand).