understand Definition

  • 1to comprehend or grasp the meaning of something
  • 2to have knowledge or be familiar with a particular subject or situation

Using understand: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "understand" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I don't understand what you're saying.

  • Example

    She understands French fluently.

  • Example

    He doesn't understand the concept of personal space.

  • Example

    Do you understand the instructions?

understand Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for understand

Antonyms for understand

Idioms Using understand

  • used to check if the listener understands the speaker's intended meaning


    I had to take care of some 'business' last night, if you understand what I mean.

  • to become familiar with the way things are done in a particular situation or organization


    It took me a few weeks to understand the ropes at my new job.

  • a mistake that is easy to comprehend or forgive


    It was an understandable mistake given the circumstances.

Phrases with understand

  • understand someone's point of view

    to see things from someone else's perspective


    I can understand your frustration with the situation.

  • understand the implications

    to recognize the potential consequences of something


    It's important to understand the implications of your actions before making a decision.

  • difficult to comprehend or make sense of


    The instructions were hard to understand, so I had to ask for help.

Origins of understand

from Old English 'understandan', meaning 'to stand in the midst of, be among, be acquainted with'


Summary: understand in Brief

'Understand' [ˌʌndərˈstænd] means to comprehend or grasp the meaning of something, or to have knowledge or be familiar with a particular subject or situation. It is used in phrases like 'understand someone's point of view' and 'hard to understand,' and idioms like 'if you understand what I mean.'

How do native speakers use this expression?