understood

adjective
un·​der·​stood | \ˌən-dər-ˈstu̇d \

Definition of understood 

1 : fully apprehended

2 : agreed upon

3 : implicit

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Darlin Nikki’ Janzen, a spoken word artist and Milwaukee Public Schools teacher, discussed her own experiences as a white woman who feels most understood and accepted in primarily black communities. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We're gonna take our hands off the trigger and put them in the soil.' Storytellers share words of hope 50 years after civil rights marches," 31 May 2018 Hence, a humble mission statement for the book: to shine a light on a starkly dark and little understood subject in the hopes of helping others who could be going through the same pain. Rob Ledonne, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For Sebastian Slovin, a hope to rise above the stigma of suicide," 8 Apr. 2018 Then Leakey took a chance on his 26-year-old secretary and sent Goodall into the field to study the then-little understood wild chimpanzee. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Jane Goodall Is Not Here for Donald Trump," 18 Oct. 2017 But there are other, less understood influences that predators can have on their prey’s survival. Joshua Rapp Learn, The Atlantic, "Can Fear Alone Drive Animals to Extinction?," 11 Oct. 2017 The discovery was a reminder to look more closely at seemingly familiar places—and a tantalizing opportunity to learn more about a little understood ecosystem. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Underwater Images Give First Glimpse of Newly Discovered Brazilian Reef," 31 Jan. 2017 The discovery was a reminder to look more closely at seemingly familiar places—and a tantalizing opportunity to learn more about a little understood ecosystem. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Underwater Images Give First Glimpse of Newly Discovered Brazilian Reef," 31 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of understood

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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