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understanding meaning

EN[ʌndəˈstandɪŋ] [ˌʌndəɹˈstændɪŋ] [-ændɪŋ]
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WUnderstanding
  • Understanding (also called intellection) is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object.
  • An understanding is the limit of a conceptualization. To understand something is to have conceptualized it to a given measure.

    Definition of understanding in English Dictionary

  • NounPLunderstandingsPREunder-SUF-ing
    1. NU Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.
      1. NC Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
        1. NC Opinion, judgement or outlook.
          1. The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure.
        2. NC An informal contract, mutual agreement.
          1. I thought we had an understanding - you do the dishes, and I throw the trash. ‎
        3. NC A reconciliation of differences.
          1. The parties of the negotiation have managed to come to an understanding. ‎
        4. NU Sympathy.
          1. He showed much understanding when he found out of my troublesome familial history. ‎
        5. All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.
        6. Verb
          1. present participle of understand.
            1. It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […];  […]; or perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.
        7. AdjectiveCOMmore understandingSUPmost understanding
          1. Showing compassion.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • To increase the understanding of what the mouth of a yidaki player is actually doing, Hollenberg organised to have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans done of him playing the instrument.
              • My friend’s carefully-compiled notebook was the Rosetta Stone that opened understanding of the physics lectures.
              • Holding hands and forming a human daisy chain of peace, love and understanding is about as high on the list of priorities of today's fest-goer as remembering to pack a cummerbund.
            2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
              • Understanding the role of the HP0377 lipobox requires more investigation, as has been done for some Legionella lipoproteins [ 61 ].
            3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • Thou favourest man with knowledge and teachest a human being understanding.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Adjectives
              • Nouns
                • Countable nouns
                  • Singularia tantum
                    • Uncountable nouns
                  • Verbs
                    • Verb forms
                      • Participles
                        • Present participles
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                  Meaning of understanding for the defined word.

                  Grammatically, this word "understanding" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, a verb form.
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