Understand

Definition of Understand

Un`der`stand´   Pronunciation: ŭn`dẽr`stănd´
v. t.1.To have just and adequate ideas of; to apprehended the meaning or intention of; to have knowledge of; to comprehend; to know; as, to understand a problem in Euclid; to understand a proposition or a declaration; the court understands the advocate or his argument; to understand the sacred oracles; to understand a nod or a wink.
[imp. & p. p. Understood (ŭn`dẽr*stŎd"), and Archaic Understanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Understanding.]
Speaketh [i. e., speak thou] so plain at this time, I you pray,
That we may understande what ye say.
- Chaucer.
I understand not what you mean by this.
- Shak.
Understood not all was but a show.
- Milton.
A tongue not understanded of the people.
- Bk. of Com. Prayer.
2.To be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has passed the bill.
3.To recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to mean; to interpret; to explain.
The most learned interpreters understood the words of sin, and not of Abel.
- Locke.
4.To mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for granted; to assume.
War, then, war,
Open or understood, must be resolved.
- Milton.
5.To stand under; to support.
To give one to understand
to cause one to know.
To make one's self understood
to make one's meaning clear.
v. i.1.To have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent being.
Imparadised in you, in whom alone
I understand, and grow, and see.
- Donne.
2.To be informed; to have or receive knowledge.
I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah.
- Neh. xiii. 7.

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