(noun, adjective, verb)


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

- an understanding friend

Similar word(s): perceptive


1. the cognitive condition of someone who understands

- he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect

Similar word(s): apprehension, discernment, savvy

Definition categories: thought, knowing

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

- there was an understanding between management and the workers

Similar word(s): agreement

Definition categories: communication, statement

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

- I knew I could count on his understanding

Similar word(s): sympathy

Definition categories: thought, disposition, inclination, tendency

4. the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination

Similar word(s): intellect, reason

Definition categories: thought, faculty, module

Sentences with understanding as a noun:

- According to my understanding, the situation is quite perilous. I wonder if you see it this way, too.

- I thought we had an understanding - you do the dishes, and I throw the trash.

- The parties of the negotiation have managed to come to an understanding.

- He showed much understanding when he found out of my troublesome familial history.


1. present participle of understand