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English verb: understand

1. understand (cognition) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

SamplesShe did not understand her husband.
I understand what she means.

ExamplesThey won't understand the story , Sam and Sue understand the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)apprehend, bottom, catch, compass, comprehend, construe, dig, fathom, figure out, follow, get, get the picture, grasp, grok, interpret, interpret, lick, make out, penetrate, puzzle out, read, read, savvy, see, sense, solve, touch, translate, understand, work, work out

2. understand (cognition) perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

SamplesNow I see!.
I just can't see your point.
Does she realize how important this decision is?.
I don't understand the idea.

Synonymsrealise, realize, see

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)appreciate, perceive, take account

Verb groupenvision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, see, visualise, visualize

3. understand (cognition) make sense of a language

SamplesShe understands French.
Can you read Greek?.

Synonymsinterpret, read, translate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)understand

4. understand (cognition) believe to be the case

SamplesI understand you have no previous experience?.

ExamplesThey understand him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)believe

5. understand (cognition) be understanding of

SamplesYou don't need to explain--I understand!.

Synonymsempathise, empathize, sympathise, sympathize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

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