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

Definition of understood

1 : fully apprehended
2 : agreed upon
3 : implicit

Examples of understood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based in Europe, Interpol is a little-understood but quietly important part of law enforcement. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 Nurses were spending 12-hour shifts sweating inside the personal protective equipment that kept them safe from the novel, little-understood virus that floated in the air around them. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 Learning to make these decisions off of comprehensive, well understood and trustworthy data can drastically increase the effectiveness of any decision and bring order to an otherwise chaotic world. Noah Mitsuhashi, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Here are five things to know about the little-understood variant. Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2021 One critical but little understood factor about UC selectivity is that the Master Plan recommends that UC draw from the top 12.5% of California high school graduates. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 While the bacteria causing Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is considered the most worrisome, others are not as well studied and their effects remain less understood. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2021 Yet these terms, so common there, are little used and even less understood in the US. Jeffrey D. Sachs, CNN, 25 May 2021 That's why Michigan Medicine is launching two new clinics aimed at treating and studying the little-understood long COVID-19 symptoms in adults and children. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 3 May 2021

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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 6 Dec. 2021.

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