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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
understand (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to grasp the meaning of - understand Russian
b) to grasp the reasonableness of - his behavior is hard to understand
c) to have thorough or technical acquaintance with or expertness in the practice of - understand finance
d) to be thoroughly familiar with the character and propensities of - understands children
2.
to accept as a fact or truth or regard as plausible without utter certainty - we understand that he is returning from abroad
3.
to interpret in one of a number of possible ways
4.
intransitive verb
to supply in thought as though expressed - “to be married” is commonly understood after the word engaged
1.
to have have the power of comprehension - understanding
2.
to achieve a grasp of the nature, significance, or explanation of something
3.
to believe or infer something to be the case
4.
to show a sympathetic or tolerant attitude toward something
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
understand (verb)
1.
to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information
SYNONIMS:
conclude, decide, deduce, derive, extrapolate, gather, judge, make out, reason, understand
RELATED WORDS:
assume, suppose; conjecture, guess, speculate, surmise; construe, interpret, read; contemplate, philosophize, rationalize, think; ascertain, dope (out), find out
understand (verb)
2.
to have a practical understanding of
SYNONIMS:
comprehend, grasp, understand
RELATED WORDS:
appreciate, apprehend, cognize, fathom, follow, ken [], perceive, savvy; have, possess; catch on (to), pick up
NEAR ANTONYMS:
misapprehend, misconceive, misinterpret, misknow, misperceive, misunderstand
understand (verb)
3.
to have a clear idea of
SYNONIMS:
appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understand
RELATED WORDS:
absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierce
NEAR ANTONYMS:
misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstand
miss
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