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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


Synonymsinfer


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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