understanding

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Pronunciation[change]

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  • Hyphenation: un‧der‧stand‧ing

Noun[change]

Singular
understanding

Plural
understandings

  1. (countable) A person's understanding of something is what they know or think about it.
    Science helps us to gain a better understanding of natural processes.
  2. (countable) An understanding is an agreement between two people.
    We had an understanding. You should have fulfilled your end of the bargain.
  3. (uncountable) Understanding is your ability to understand the feelings of other people.
    Teachers must listen with kindness and understanding to what the young have to say.

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Adjective[change]

Positive
understanding

Comparative
more understanding

Superlative
most understanding

  1. An understanding person is able to easily see how someone else feels.
    Thanks for being so understanding about how emotional and erratic I've been acting lately.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
understand

Third person singular
understands

Simple past
understood

Past participle
understood

Present participle
understanding

  1. The present participle of understand.
    Are you understanding what I'm saying?
    I'm having a hard time understanding the calculus homework. Can you help me?

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