Definition of understand
- understand Russian
- his behavior is hard to understand
- understand finance
- understands children
- we understand that he is returning from abroad
- "to be married" is commonly understood after the word engaged
I can't understand a word you're saying.
I don't understand these directions.
I want you to stay away from her. Do you understand?
I don't understand how this is supposed to work.
He doesn't really understand the situation.
You should read the book in order to understand more about the subject.
I can't understand why she would do such a thing.
She's beginning to understand what's going on.
You have to understand that I had no other choice.
At first we didn't get along, but I think we understand each other now.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: to know the meaning of (something, such as the words that someone is saying or a language)
: to know how (something) works or happens
: to know how (someone) thinks, feels, or behaves
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