understanding Definition

  • 1knowledge about a subject, situation, or person
  • 2sympathetic awareness or tolerance
  • 3an informal agreement

Using understanding: Examples

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

  • Example

    I have a good understanding of the situation.

  • Example

    She showed great understanding towards my problems.

  • Example

    We came to an understanding about the payment terms.

  • Example

    He has a deep understanding of human nature.

understanding Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for understanding

Idioms Using understanding

  • to have an informal agreement or arrangement with someone


    They have an understanding that he will take care of the finances while she focuses on her career.

  • to reach an agreement or resolution with someone


    After a long discussion, we finally came to an understanding about the project timeline.

  • to misunderstand something


    I think you got the wrong end of the stick - I didn't mean to offend you.

Phrases with understanding

  • an agreement or relationship in which two people or groups have the same understanding of something


    The couple had a mutual understanding that they would support each other's career goals.

  • impossible to comprehend or explain


    The cruelty of the act was beyond understanding.

  • to be sympathetic or tolerant towards someone's situation or behavior


    I hope you can show some understanding towards his difficult circumstances.

Origins of understanding

from Old English 'understandan', meaning 'comprehend'


Summary: understanding in Brief

The term 'understanding' [ˌʌndərˈstændɪŋ] refers to knowledge or comprehension of a subject, situation, or person. It can also denote sympathetic awareness or tolerance, as well as informal agreements. Examples include 'I have a good understanding of the situation,' and 'She showed great understanding towards my problems.' Idioms like 'have an understanding' and 'come to an understanding' describe informal agreements or resolutions, while 'get the wrong end of the stick' means to misunderstand something.

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