understand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v understand know and comprehend the nature or meaning of "She did not understand her husband","I understand what she means"
    • v understand perceive (an idea or situation) mentally "Now I see!","I just can't see your point","Does she realize how important this decision is?","I don't understand the idea"
    • v understand believe to be the case "I understand you have no previous experience?"
    • v understand make sense of a language "She understands French","Can you read Greek?"
    • v understand be understanding of "You don't need to explain--I understand!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1972, a gorilla by the name of "Koko" was taught ASL (American Sign Language) for the deaf. By the year 2000, the gorilla could understand approximately 2,000 English words
    • Understand To be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has passed the bill.
    • Understand To be informed; to have or receive knowledge. "I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah."
    • Understand To have just and adequate ideas of; to apprehended the meaning or intention of; to have knowledge of; to comprehend; to know; as, to understand a problem in Euclid; to understand a proposition or a declaration; the court understands the advocate or his argument; to understand the sacred oracles; to understand a nod or a wink. "Speaketh [i. e., speak thou] so plain at this time, I you pray,
      That we may understande what ye say."
      "I understand not what you mean by this.""Understood not all was but a show.""A tongue not understanded of the people."
    • Understand To have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent being. "Imparadised in you, in whom alone
      I understand , and grow, and see."
    • Understand To mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for granted; to assume. "War, then, war,
      Open or understood , must be resolved."
    • Understand To recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to mean; to interpret; to explain. "The most learned interpreters understood the words of sin, and not of Abel."
    • Understand To stand under; to support.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • understand To receive from a word or collocation of words or from a sign the idea it is intended to convey: with the thing said, the person speaking, or the language as the direct object of the verb.
    • understand To interpret the signification of; seize the idea of; comprehend as resulting from a thought, principle, or rule; explain.
    • understand To receive information about; learn by paying heed to what is said and done; consider.
    • understand To know in substance, as a fact or saying; be acquainted with; recognize.
    • understand To take as meant or implied; imply; infer; assume; take for granted: chiefly in the past participle.
    • understand To recognize as implied or meant, although not expressed; supply mentally, as a word necessary to bring out the sense of an author: as, in the phrase ‘All are mortal,’ we must understand the word men, living beings, or the like.
    • understand To stand under.
    • understand To have the use of the intellectual faculties; be an intelligent and conscious being; have understanding; be wise.
    • understand To be informed by another; learn.
    • understand To give attention; listen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Understand un-dėr-stand′ to comprehend: to have just ideas of: to know thoroughly: to be informed of: to learn: to suppose to mean: to mean without expressing: to imply
    • v.i Understand to have the use of the intellectual faculties: to be informed: to learn
    • adj Understand knowing, skilful
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Quotations

  • George Santayana
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    “Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Friendship is love with understanding.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “If you would judge, understand.”
  • Alfred Adler
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    “Man knows more than he understands.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
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    “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”
  • Carl Sandburg
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    “I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. understanden, AS. understandan, literally, to stand under; cf. AS. forstandan, to understand, G. verstehen,. The development of sense is not clear. See Under, and Stand

Usage

In literature:

You distinctly understand that your mother has no claim on me.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Yes, I think I understand you better than you understand yourself.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
If they understand by dressing, buying dresses, perhaps they also understand by drawing, buying pictures.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
They came straight towards the little daisy, which could not understand what they wanted.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I think she ought to have sense enough to understand that one is the consequence of the other.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
When weak in the language they understand better what is preached if they are familiar with the thought.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
But oh, I wasn't old enough to understand him.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
It does not do to trust to a child's not understanding.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
John would not understand.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
What do you understand was Comte's purpose in demanding for sociology a place among the sciences?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Therefore he was helpless when it came to deliberate understanding or deliberate learning.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He might not understand.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
So we might as well learn to understand them and make them understand us.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
They had quarreled during the evening over some money affairs which I did not understand.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
You can never understand.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Gorman has always been of opinion that women are incapable of understanding politics.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
No, it's impossible that you could quite understand.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
I don't understand what he means about that.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
I do not understand you, and you do not understand me!
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Mr. Yates was beginning now to understand Sir Thomas's intentions, though as far as ever from understanding their source.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

Now I understand!
When to remember me
She vowed,
She said she would forget me,
But kindly!
"Now I understand!" by Saigyo
And when wind and winter harden
All the loveless land,
It will whisper of the garden,
You will understand.
"To My Wife With a Copy of My Poems" by Oscar Wilde
We know not when this all will cease,
We cannot understand
Why matter never may increase,
Or seas become dry land.
"Fragments" by Jared Barhite
I, too, have seen this portal,
And a child can understand
That there is no other doorway
To the realms of fairyland.
"The Message Of The Bee" by Alexander Anderson
Ah might it be, that just by touch of hand,
Or speaking silence, shall the barrier fall;
And she shall pass, with no vain words at all,
But droop into mine arms, and understand!
"Terre Promise" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
And though heaven's gate long since have closed,
And our dear Lord in bliss reposed,
High above mortal ken,
To every ear in every land
(Thought meek ears only understand)
He speaks as he did then.
"The Conversion Of St. Paul" by John Keble

In news:

It is so dangerous that by the time you understand of even realize that your K9 has ingested it you are already too late.
We understand how Dayton might be upset.
Understanding Insurance Coverage Options as a Medicare Beneficiary, Monday, Sept 17, 6:30 pm Gene West will review Medicare coverage, Supplements and Advantage Plans.
The first conference dedicated to understanding the issues related to natural gas in the trucking industry will be hosted by the American Trucking Associations ( ATA ).
Do you understand the words that are coming out of Yip-Yip's mouths.
Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases.
Understanding the baby talk .
Understandable, as this happens any time some loon gets a weapon and wreaks havoc.
So I don't understand the whole "June Wedding" thing.
There are some elected officials in Morris and Grundy County government who don't understand that their number one-priority is the health and safety of the people.
Of course the country had to understand what went wrong.
The anchor in this video doesn't fully understand this, and he politely asks the weather girl if they can canoodle before she goes into her report.
They have no coach and the players are understandably shaken up about it.
I think that there's an understanding within our company that this a noble profession.
After a band's made three albums, you'd expect to have an understanding of what it's trying to accomplish.
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In science:

If M = ∪Ωi is the smooth Cauchy data on some fixed initial data set. maximal Cauchy development, then understanding (M, g) amounts to understanding the limiting behavior of (Ωi , gi ).
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
In order to better understand the AbrahamLorentz model, we must first understand in general how the derivation was performed.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
This reasoning implies that once one understands all the parts of a problem, one can “add them up” to understand the total.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
From the above theorem, it is clear that we have to understand the structure of simple k -groups to understand the structure of reductive k -groups.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
Thus, understanding the action of M (Hg ) is equivalent to understanding the action of Out(Fg ) on Eg .
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
In order to understand the structure of thin H -coverings, we need to better understand the H -grading on A and on its image ρ(A) = End C (M ).
Thin coverings of modules
To understand properties of Sn it is therefore necessary to understand how the simple random walk visits such clouds.
Hitting time of large subsets of the hypercube
Then, how we can understand this vertex p0 ? Combinatorially (in the sense of Subsection 3.2.1), we can simply understand p0 is the identified vertex which is a pure combinatorial ob ject.
C*-Algebras Generated by Partial Isometries
Combining clues like these with predictive models of electroweak symmetry breaking should not only help in understanding the new physics, but also make an understanding of particle dark matter possible.
Dark Matter and LHC: What is the Connection?
By the above, in order to understand an arbitrary definable group G we need to understand G0 together with finitely many definable automorphisms.
On central extensions and definably compact groups in o-minimal structures
It is therefore likely that understanding the morphological transformation of galaxies is strongly correlated with understanding a galaxy’s star-formation history and the evolution of its AGN activity.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
However, our understanding of superfluidity is considerably less than our understanding of Bose-Einstein condensation.
Quantum Monte Carlo simulations for the Bose-Hubbard model with random chemical potential; localized Bose-Einstein condensation without superfluidity
Finally, understanding the threshold for (non)reconstruction is also becoming relevant (if not crucial) to understanding the limit of the Glauber dynamics to sample from the set of solutions of a CSP.
Reconstruction and Clustering in Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
CCS, π -calculus), but often in such models the idea of space is not directly related to our general understanding, such as our intuitive understanding of relative positions of ob jects in 3D space.
Intrinsically universal n-dimensional quantum cellular automata
Clearly, the worker needs to acquire useful information from various sources, understand and synthesize them in order to build a coherent, actionable understanding of the environment.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
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