Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb understand

5 senses of understand

Sense 1
understand -- (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means")

Sense 2
understand, realize, realise, see -- (perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea")

Sense 3
understand, read, interpret, translate -- (make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?")
       => understand -- (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means")

Sense 4
understand, infer -- (believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous experience?")
       => believe -- (accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits")

Sense 5
sympathize, sympathise, empathize, empathise, understand -- (be understanding of; "You don't need to explain--I understand!")

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