understand

To understand something is to comprehend or get it. The more we learn, the more we understand.

The goal of most education is to help students understand how the world works: history, math, English, music, science, and art are all complicated subjects that you need to practice and think about before you can really understand them. Understanding requires knowledge and thought. Another kind of understanding is like sympathy. For example, you might not approve of stealing, but you could understand why a guy would steal to feed his family.

Definitions of understand
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v know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

“She did not understand her husband”
“I understand what she means”
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apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy
understand or perceive the meaning of something
sense
comprehend
follow
grasp the meaning
catch, get
grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
touch
comprehend
interpret, read, translate
make sense of a language
read
to hear and understand
construe, interpret, see
make sense of; assign a meaning to
make out
comprehend
figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
bottom, fathom, penetrate
come to understand
figure
understand
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, tumble, twig
understand, usually after some initial difficulty
intuit
know or grasp by intuition or feeling
digest
arrange and integrate in the mind
be amiss, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand
interpret in the wrong way
read between the lines
read what is implied but not expressed on the surface
mythicise, mythicize
interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology
literalise, literalize
make literal
spiritualise, spiritualize
give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
reinterpret
assign a new or different meaning to
allegorise, allegorize
interpret as an allegory
read, take
interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
read
interpret something that is written or printed
read, scan
obtain data from magnetic tapes
answer, resolve
understand the meaning of
riddle
explain a riddle
strike
arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
guess, infer
guess correctly; solve by guessing
answer
give the correct answer or solution to
break
find the solution or key to
draw out, educe, elicit, evoke, extract
deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)

v perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

“I don't understand the idea”
Synonyms:
realise, realize, see
envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
see
see and understand, have a good eye
Types:
perceive
become conscious of
appreciate, take account
be fully aware of; realize fully
sense, smell, smell out
become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

v be understanding of

“You don't need to explain--I understand!”
Synonyms:
empathise, empathize, sympathise, sympathize

v make sense of a language

“She understands French”
Synonyms:
interpret, read, translate

v believe to be the case

“I understand you have no previous experience?”
Synonyms:
infer
Type of:
believe
accept as true; take to be true

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