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Meaning & Definition of Understanding in English

English

Understanding

/əndərstændɪŋ/

noun

1. The cognitive condition of someone who understands

  • "He has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
    synonym:
  • understanding
  • ,
  • apprehension
  • ,
  • discernment
  • ,
  • savvy

2. The statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

  • "They had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"
  • "There was an understanding between management and the workers"
    synonym:
  • agreement
  • ,
  • understanding

3. An inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

  • "His sympathies were always with the underdog"
  • "I knew i could count on his understanding"
    synonym:
  • sympathy
  • ,
  • understanding

4. The capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination

  • "We are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
    synonym:
  • reason
  • ,
  • understanding
  • ,
  • intellect

adjective

1. Characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy

  • "An understanding friend"
    synonym:
  • understanding

Examples of using

"I consider this fair, since effort will get one farther in life than ease of understanding anyway." "Says the man that seems to have skated by through a majority of life on ease of understanding...?"
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
I think we'll be able to come to an understanding soon.