Understand

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Definition

to understand: to comprehend, to know, to follow
verb
I don't understand what you're talking about, please speak in English.

This is an irregular verb:
I understand / I understood / I have understood

I understand (that you enjoy golfing): I believe, I have been told (that you enjoy playing golf)
verb, idiom
Besides its main meaning ("to comprehend"), I understand... also means "I have heard, I have been informed, I believe":

I understand that you are looking to buy a new house. I have heard that you want to buy a new house.

an understanding: an agreement, a deal; a belief, an impression
noun
I'm glad that we've come to an understanding and hope this deal will work well for both parties.

Examples

  • "Philip : Oh, you understand."
  • "I hope you understand."
  • "I don't understand!"
  • "Xavier loved sports, particularly Water Polo, though he never understood how to get the horses in the swimming pool."
  • "I understand that you've turned one part of this floor into a furniture shop."
  • "I understand that you wanted to marry a rich guy, at least that makes sense, but yet here you are back in London with nothing to show for it, not even a fancy diamond ring."
  • "Oh, I don't understand!"
  • "Jean : Brian, I admit that I understand very little of what you say."
  • "I don't understand, I'm sorry."
  • "I don't understand."

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