understood

adjective

un·​der·​stood ˌən-dər-ˈstu̇d How to pronounce understood (audio)
1
: fully apprehended
2
: agreed upon
3

Examples of understood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manufacturers may replace legacy PFAS with less understood regrettable substitutes—chemicals that are slightly different from the more common PFAS but are likely just as harmful to health and the environment. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 11 June 2024 There are sprawling voids in space, some hundreds of millions of light-years across, whose emptiness scientists think is the ideal zone for studying less understood particles such as neutrinos. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, 30 May 2024 And yet, discrimination persists, particularly for LGBTQ+ people who remain less understood than gays and lesbians. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 The understood idea is the Dolphins (11-5) aren’t the healthiest after a rough stretch of injuries, and that adds to why this coming stretch of the season will be as fun as a foreclosure for Mike McDaniel or his defining feat. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2024 This view of viral illnesses and their potential long-term impacts may lead to research that will also help people with other little understood conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, which experts believe might be triggered by viral infections, Al-Aly said. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 14 Dec. 2023 But that’s a fairly minor shortcut, since direct detection of things like doors and packages is a fairly well understood problem. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Dec. 2023 Remember that New York Judge Lewis Kaplan has already said that Trump raped Carroll in the normally understood sense of the term. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Though the Clippers were Harden’s understood preference, the Clippers were hardly in a Harden-or-bust philosophy. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of understood was in 1605

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“Understood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understood. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

understood

adjective
un·​der·​stood ˌən-dər-ˈstu̇d How to pronounce understood (audio)
1
: fully known
2
: agreed upon
3
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