un·​der·​stood | \ ˌən-dər-ˈstu̇d How to pronounce understood (audio) \

Definition of understood

1 : fully apprehended
2 : agreed upon
3 : implicit

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The cross-pollination is a little understood reality of the primary scrums. Washington Post, "Biden’s spin doctors, Beto’s flop, a sea of sweat: The madness after the Miami debates.," 28 June 2019 The question is whether Iran’s downing of an American military drone this week represented a move outside these mutually understood boundaries, or simply a miscalculation. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Trump Maneuvers Near a War He Doesn’t Want," 21 June 2019 Yet familiarity hasn’t bred knowledge: Turbulence is one of the least understood parts of the physical world. Quanta Magazine, "What Makes the Hardest Equations in Physics So Difficult?," 16 Jan. 2018 The brain is famously the least understood parts of the body, the sheer complexity of human thought is something scientists have struggled with for years. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Re-create Baby Brain Readings in a Dish," 19 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of understood

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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