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understanding

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Adjective understanding has 1 sense
  1. understanding - characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy; "an understanding friend"
    Antonyms:
    unperceptive, unperceiving (indirect, via perceptive)
Noun understanding has 4 senses
  1. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
    --1 is a kind of knowing
    --1 has particulars:
     comprehension; self-knowledge; smattering; appreciation, grasp, hold; grasping; hindsight; insight, brainstorm, brainwave; realization, realisation, recognition
    Derived forms: verb understand2, verb understand1
  2. agreement, understanding - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"
    --2 is a kind of statement
    --2 has parts: condition, term
    --2 has particulars:
     conspiracy, confederacy; covenant; unilateral contract; sale, sales agreement; bargain, deal; working agreement; gentlemen's agreement; written agreement; submission; entente, entente cordiale; oral contract; reservation; settlement; severance agreement; suicide pact
  3. sympathy, understanding - an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"
    --3 is a kind of inclination, disposition, tendency
    Derived form: verb understand5
  4. reason, understanding, intellect - the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
    --4 is a kind of faculty, mental faculty, module
Verb understand has 5 senses
  1. understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
    Derived form: noun understanding1
    Sample sentences:
    Sam and Sue understand the movie
    They won't understand the story
  2. understand, realize, realise, see - 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"
    Derived form: noun understanding1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  3. understand, read, interpret, translate - make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"
    --3 is one way to understand
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  4. understand, infer - believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous experience?"
    --4 is one way to believe
    Sample sentence:
    They understand him to write the letter
  5. sympathize, sympathise, empathize, empathise, understand - be understanding of; "You don't need to explain--I understand!"
    Derived form: noun understanding3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
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