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understand

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of understand

  1. 1 to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information as I understand it, this is the best plan that we have Synonyms of understand conclude, decide, deduce, derive, extrapolate, gather, judge, make out, reason, inferWords Related to understand assume, suppose; conjecture, guess, speculate, surmise; construe, interpret, read; contemplate, philosophize, rationalize, think; ascertain, dope (out), find out

  2. 2 to have a practical understanding of I think I understand how an engine works now Synonyms of understand comprehend, grasp, knowWords Related to understand appreciate, apprehend, cognize, fathom, follow, ken [chiefly Scottish], perceive, savvy; have, possess; catch on (to), pick upNear Antonyms of understand misapprehend, misconceive, misinterpret, misknow, misperceive, misunderstand

  3. 3 to have a clear idea of after a few weeks in Russia I began to understand the language a little bit Synonyms of understand appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, comprehendWords Related to understand absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of understand misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of understand miss

Synonym Discussion of understand

understand, comprehend, appreciate mean to have a clear or complete idea of. understand and comprehend are very often interchangeable. understand may, however, stress the fact of having attained a firm mental grasp of something.
    • orders that were fully understood and promptly obeyed
comprehend may stress the process of coming to grips with something intellectually.
    • I have trouble comprehending your reasons for doing this
appreciate implies a just evaluation or judgment of a thing's value or nature.
    • failed to appreciate the risks involved


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