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Pronunciation:  `undur'standing

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  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [adj]  characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy; "an understanding friend"

UNDERSTANDING is a 13 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: agreement, apprehension, discernment, intellect, perceptive, reason, savvy, sympathy
 See Also: appreciation, bargain, brainwave, comprehension, condition, confederacy, conspiracy, covenant, deal, disposition, entente, entente cordiale, faculty, gentlemen's agreement, grasp, grasping, hold, inclination, knowing, mental faculty, module, oral contract, realisation, realization, recognition, reservation, sale, sales agreement, self-knowledge, settlement, severance agreement, smattering, statement, submission, suicide pact, tendency, term, unilateral contract, working agreement, written agreement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Un`der*stand"ing\, a.
    Knowing; intelligent; skillful; as, he is an understanding
  2. \Un`der*stand"ing\, n.
    1. The act of one who understands a thing, in any sense of
       the verb; knowledge; discernment; comprehension;
       interpretation; explanation.
    2. An agreement of opinion or feeling; adjustment of
       differences; harmony; anything mutually understood or
       agreed upon; as, to come to an understanding with another.
             He hoped the loyalty of his subjects would concur
             with him in the preserving of a good understanding
             between him and his people.           --Clarendon.
    3. The power to understand; the intellectual faculty; the
       intelligence; the rational powers collectively conceived
       an designated; the higher capacities of the intellect; the
       power to distinguish truth from falsehood, and to adapt
       means to ends.
             There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the
             Almighty them understanding.          --Job xxxii.
             The power of perception is that which we call the
             understanding. Perception, which we make the act of
             the understanding, is of three sorts: 1. The
             perception of ideas in our mind; 2. The perception
             of the signification of signs; 3. The perception of
             the connection or repugnancy, agreement or
             disagreement, that there is between any of our
             ideas. All these are attributed to the
             understanding, or perceptive power, though it be the
             two latter only that use allows us to say we
             understand.                           --Locke.
             In its wider acceptation, understanding is the
             entire power of perceiving an conceiving, exclusive
             of the sensibility: the power of dealing with the
             impressions of sense, and composing them into
             wholes, according to a law of unity; and in its most
             comprehensive meaning it includes even simple
             apprehension.                         --Coleridge.
    4. Specifically, the discursive faculty; the faculty of
       knowing by the medium or use of general conceptions or
       relations. In this sense it is contrasted with, and
       distinguished from, the reason.
             I use the term understanding, not for the noetic
             faculty, intellect proper, or place of principles,
             but for the dianoetic or discursive faculty in its
             widest signification, for the faculty of relations
             or comparisons; and thus in the meaning in which
             ``verstand'' is now employed by the Germans. --Sir
                                                   W. Hamilton.
    Syn: Sense; intelligence; perception. See {Sense}.