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Definitions of understanding

  1. Comprehending the ideas or sense of another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2. Intelligent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of one who understands a thing, in any sense of the verb; knowledge; discernment; comprehension; interpretation; explanation. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An agreement of opinion or feeling; adjustment of differences; harmony; anything mutually understood or agreed upon; as, to come to an understanding with another. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The power to understand; the intellectual faculty; the intelligence; the rational powers collectively conceived an designated; the higher capacities of the intellect; the power to distinguish truth from falsehood, and to adapt means to ends. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Specifically, the discursive faculty; the faculty of knowing by the medium or use of general conceptions or relations. In this sense it is contrasted with, and distinguished from, the reason. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The reasoning faculties; the mind; state of knowing, or power to know; comprehension; an agreement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. The act of comprehending: the faculty or the act of the mind by which it understands or thinks: the power to understand: knowledge: exact comprehension: agreement of minds: harmony. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Act of knowing; comprehension; faculty of comprehending; judgment. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Intellectual apprehension. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. The faculty by which one understands. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The facts of a case as apprehended. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. An informal compact. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. That power of the mind by which it is enabled to receive or comprehend the real state of things presented to it, or that by which men derive ideas from sensations; the faculty of reflection and generalisation; among Ger. metaphysicians, the faculty of the mind which deals with real, practical, and material knowledge, and the adaptation of means to ends, and which is distinguished from reason; intellect; comprehension; conception; intelligence; terms of communication. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Understandingly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy; "an understanding friend" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. Knowing; intelligent; skillful; as, he is an understanding man. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for understanding

  1. She looks about her, not understanding – The Return of Peter Grimm by David Belasco Edited by Montrose J. Moses
  2. Good is of the will, and truth is of the understanding and the will alone does nothing but by the understanding nor does the understanding alone do anything but from the will. – The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg
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