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understanding

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

Definition of understanding

  1. 1 :  a mental grasp :  comprehension

  2. 2a :  the power of comprehending; especially :  the capacity to apprehend general relations of particularsb :  the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories

  3. 3a :  friendly or harmonious relationshipb :  an agreement of opinion or feeling :  adjustment of differencesc :  a mutual agreement not formally entered into but in some degree binding on each side

  4. 4 :  explanation, interpretation

  5. 5 :  sympathy 3a

Examples of understanding in a Sentence

  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


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understanding

adjective un·der·stand·ing

Definition of understanding

  1. 1 archaic :  knowing, intelligent

  2. 2 :  endowed with understanding :  tolerant, sympathetic an understanding supervisor

understandingly

play \ˌən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of understanding in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of understanding

13th century



UNDERSTANDING Defined for English Language Learners

understanding

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noun

Definition of understanding for English Language Learners

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

  • : an informal agreement

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

understanding

adjective

Definition of understanding for English Language Learners

  • : showing sympathy and kindness : tolerant or sympathetic


UNDERSTANDING Defined for Kids

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understanding

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

Definition of understanding for Students

  1. 1 :  ability to get the meaning of and judge He lacks an understanding of what's going on.

  2. 2 :  an agreement of opinion or feeling We've come to an understanding about how to proceed.

  3. 3 :  a willingness to show kind or favorable feelings toward others

  4. 4 :  the particular way in which someone understands something It's my understanding that they're coming.


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understanding

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adjective un·der·stand·ing

Definition of understanding for Students

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



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