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

Definition of understood

1 : fully apprehended
2 : agreed upon

Examples of understood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This technology could open new opportunities to scan mummies that are otherwise little-understood. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists ‘Digitally Unwrap’ Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies," 22 Aug. 2020 The latest season of Leon Neyfakh’s podcast is another forensic dissection of a well-known, but little-understood, part of American history. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "“Fiasco” Stars the Real Heroes of Boston’s School Desegregation," 14 Aug. 2020 The range of posts speaks to the broad spectrum of physical and emotional effects of being sick for such a long time, with a disease that’s both so little understood and so isolating. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "Will My Covid Symptoms Ever End?," 10 June 2020 This is especially true for senior-level positions, and that's thanks to an unseen and little understood problem blocking women's path to leadership: the broken rung. Marianne Cooper For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The promotion gap is real. Here's how to fix it," 17 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of understood

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Understood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understood. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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