Un·der·stand v. t. [imp. & p. p. Understood and Archaic Understanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Understanding.]
1. 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. --Chaucer.
I understand not what you mean by this. --Shak.
Understood not all was but a show. --Milton.
A tongue not understanded of the people. --Bk. of Com. Prayer.
2. To be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has passed the bill.
3. 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. --Locke.
4. To mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for granted; to assume.
War, then, war,
Open or understood, must be resolved. --Milton.
5. To stand under; to support. [Jocose & R.]
To give one to understand, to cause one to know.
To make one's self understood, to make one's meaning clear.
Un·der·stood imp. & p. p. of Understand.
adj 1: fully apprehended as to purport or meaning or explanation;
"the understood conditions of troop withdrawal were
clear" [ant: ununderstood]
2: indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed
directly; "gave silent consent"; "a tacit agreement"; "the
understood provisos of a custody agreement" [syn: implied,
v 1: know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not
understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
2: 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" [syn: realize, realise, see]
3: make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you
read Greek?" [syn: read, interpret, translate]
4: believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous
experience?" [syn: infer]
5: be understanding of; "You don't need to explain--I
understand!" [syn: sympathize, sympathise, empathize,