understood

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

Definition of understood

1 : fully apprehended
2 : agreed upon
3 : implicit

Examples of understood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'understood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of understood

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about understood

Share understood

Statistics for understood

Last Updated

25 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for understood

The first known use of understood was in 1605

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on understood

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with understood

Nglish: Translation of understood for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of understood for Arabic Speakers

Comments on understood

What made you want to look up understood? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a servile follower or underling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!