verstand

noun ver·stand \ferˈshtänt, fər-\

Definition of verstand

plural

-s

  1. :  understanding 3c —distinguished from vernunft

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Origin and Etymology of verstand

German, from Middle High German verstant, from verstan to understand, from Old High German farstān, from far- for- + stān to stand — more at for-, stand


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