• (British) IPA: /ʌndəˈstandɪŋ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌʌndəɹˈstændɪŋ/

understanding (with of, but with for in sense of "sympathy")

  1. (gerund, uncountable) The act of one that understands or comprehends; comprehension; knowledge; discernment.
  2. (countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
  3. (countable) Opinion, judgement or outlook.
    According to my understanding, the situation is quite perilous. I wonder if you see it this way, too.
  4. (countable) An agreement of minds; harmony; something mutually understood or agreed upon.
    1. An informal contract; mutual agreement.
      I thought we had an understanding - you do the dishes, and I throw the trash.
    2. A reconciliation of differences.
      The parties of the negotiation have managed to come to an understanding.
  5. (uncountable) Sympathy.
    He showed much understanding for my problems when he heard about my past.
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  1. Showing compassion.
  2. (dated) Knowing; skilful.
Translations Verb
  1. present participle of understand#English|understand

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