from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of one who understands; comprehension.
  • n. The faculty by which one understands; intelligence. See Synonyms at reason.
  • n. Individual or specified judgment or outlook; opinion.
  • n. A compact implicit between two or more people or groups.
  • n. The matter implicit in such a compact.
  • n. A reconciliation of differences; a state of agreement: They finally reached an understanding.
  • n. A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others; sympathy.
  • adj. Characterized by or having comprehension, good sense, or discernment.
  • adj. Compassionate; sympathetic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.
  • n. Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
  • n. Opinion, judgement or outlook.
  • n. An informal contract, mutual agreement.
  • n. A reconciliation of differences.
  • n. Sympathy.
  • n. All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.
  • adj. Showing compassion.
  • v. Present participle of understand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Knowing; intelligent; skillful.
  • n. The act of one who understands a thing, in any sense of the verb; knowledge; discernment; comprehension; interpretation; explanation.
  • n. An agreement of opinion or feeling; adjustment of differences; harmony; anything mutually understood or agreed upon.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Knowing; skilful; intelligent; possessed of or exhibiting good sense.
  • n. The act of one who understands or comprehends; comprehension; apprehension and appreciation; discernment.
  • n. The knowing power, in general; intelligence; wit.
  • n. The representative faculty; the power of abstract thought; the logical power.
  • n. Intelligence between two or more persons; agreement of minds; harmony; union of sentiment; also, something mutually understood or agreed upon: as, there was an understanding between them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
  • n. the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
  • adj. characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy
  • n. the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
  • n. the cognitive condition of someone who understands


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    May 22, 2007