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[ US /ˌəndɝˈstændɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /ˌʌndəstˈændɪŋ/ ]
  1. an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
    I knew I could count on his understanding
    his sympathies were always with the underdog
  2. the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
    we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil
  3. the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
    they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business
    there was an understanding between management and the workers
  4. the cognitive condition of someone who understands
    he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect
  1. characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy
    an understanding friend
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How To Use understanding In A Sentence

  • Luckily, I have a very understanding boss.
  • Advancing age has occasionally brought resolution, more often just a little understanding, to many of these riddles, but not necessarily to the resilient ambiguity of history.
  • An established order of seeing, of understanding, of ruling, is simply exploded - the Modernist spirit asserts itself.
  • Work with your staff on understanding the regressive behaviors that may be exhibited.
  • Words are confusing, but they're nothing compared to non-words, mainly because non-words lead to rash assumptions and misunderstandings.
  • For if I pray in an unknown tongue , my spirit prayer, but my understanding is unfruitful.
  • In Chinas modernization drive, the misunderstanding on "Middlebrow" is not beneficial to the understanding and the promotion of the core ideology of Chinas traditional culture.
  • Each person makes his or her own decision according to personal perception and understanding.
  • It is critical to an understanding of deixis to recall that even very ‘local’ elements of context, such as a speaker's own corporeal experience and perceptual field, are susceptible of schematisation.
  • This research has done much to advance our understanding of language learning.
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