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1understanding

noun un·der·stand·ing \ˌən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ\

: the knowledge and ability to judge a particular situation or subject

: an informal agreement

: a willingness to understand people's behavior and forgive them

Full Definition of UNDERSTANDING

1
:  a mental grasp :  comprehension
2
a :  the power of comprehending; especially :  the capacity to apprehend general relations of particulars
b :  the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories
3
a :  friendly or harmonious relationship
b :  an agreement of opinion or feeling :  adjustment of differences
c :  a mutual agreement not formally entered into but in some degree binding on each side
5
:  sympathy 3a

Examples of UNDERSTANDING

  1. He has a thorough understanding of the subject.
  2. She has a basic understanding of the process.
  3. I hope to get a clearer understanding of the issues involved.
  4. He seems to have little understanding of our situation.
  5. We have an understanding that whoever cooks doesn't have to do the dishes.
  6. She treats them with kindness and understanding.
  7. a relationship based on mutual understanding

First Known Use of UNDERSTANDING

before 12th century

2understanding

adjective

: showing sympathy and kindness : tolerant or sympathetic

Full Definition of UNDERSTANDING

1
archaic :  knowing, intelligent
2
:  endowed with understanding :  tolerant, sympathetic <an understanding supervisor>
un·der·stand·ing·ly \-ˈstan-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of UNDERSTANDING

  1. <a kind and understanding teacher who often helps troubled students>

First Known Use of UNDERSTANDING

13th century
UNDERSTANDINGLY Defined for Kids

1understanding

noun un·der·stand·ing \ˌən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ\

Definition of UNDERSTANDING for Kids

1
:  ability to get the meaning of and judge <He lacks an understanding of what's going on.>
2
:  an agreement of opinion or feeling <We've come to an understanding about how to proceed.>
3
:  a willingness to show kind or favorable feelings toward others
4
:  the particular way in which someone understands something <It's my understanding that they're coming.>

2understanding

adjective

Definition of UNDERSTANDING for Kids

:  having or showing kind or favorable feelings toward others :  sympathetic

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