Definitions

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  • v. To stand against; oppose; withstand.
  • v. To understand; comprehend.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forstanden, from Old English forstandan ("to defend, help, protect, withstand, prevent, hinder, resist, oppose, benefit, avail, understand, signify, be equal to"), from Proto-Germanic *farstandanan, *frastandanan (“to understand, oppose”), equivalent to for- +‎ stand. Cognate with Dutch verstaan ("to understand"), German verstehen ("to understand"), Swedish förstå ("to comprehend, understand").

Examples

  • The Sergeant Major poured out a volume of questions in German, to which we replied, "Nix forstand."

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  • Den lille kernefamilie er ikke - så vidt jeg kunne bedømme - fattige i nogen meningsfuld forstand, men deres forældre og bedsteforældre var. Og de gav skammen ved at være fattig videre til far og mor, som nu giver den videre til deres lille datter.

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  • Denne gang ikke med diverse albums, men med en personlig samling af i enhver forstand enestående sange, der passer til sommertiden.

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  • Man skal opdrage uden at opdrage i gammeldags tugtende forstand (den du elsker, tugter du …).

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  • Umyndighed er mangelen på evne til at betjene sig af sin forstand uden en andens ledelse.

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  • Her i udpluk om den økonomisk-sociologiske forstand og den juridiske:

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  • I can also see how it’ll be loose enough to allow forstand-alone episodes that could draw casual viewers who aren’t wrappedup in the mythology.

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  • Slide 29: Lev Manovich "The Language of New Media: Computerbilledets tre lag • cinematographic appearance • illusorisk, immediacy • digital materiality • fremmedgørelse, interaktion, • computational (software driven) logic • funktionel, logisk, kontrol, transparens (i HCI forstand) 12

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