understanding

understanding
I UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈstændɪŋ] / US [ˌʌndərˈstændɪŋ] noun
Word forms "understanding":
singular understanding plural understandings
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1) [singular/uncountable] knowledge about a particular subject, process, or situation
understanding of:

The course will help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself.

If you are using this software, it's helpful to have some understanding of basic design principles.

2) [uncountable] sympathy that comes from knowing how other people feel and why they do things

Suzy just needs a little understanding.

3) [countable, usually singular] an agreement made in an informal way or not expressed in words
come to/reach an understanding:

He was glad he and Betty had come to an understanding.

have an understanding (with someone):

We have an understanding with them that we won't compete directly.

4) [countable/uncountable] the particular way in which you understand the meaning of something

My understanding is we have not yet made any final decisions.

5) [uncountable] the ability to understand things

A child with sufficient understanding may sometimes be asked to give a statement.


II UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈstændɪŋ] / US [ˌʌndərˈstændɪŋ] adjective
willing to forgive other people or be sympathetic because you understand how they feel

She has a very understanding partner.


English dictionary. 2014.

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