To assimilate general facts and information from data. The degree of understanding may vary due to the quality of the processed data, the previous experience of the processor and the context in which the data is presented to the processor.

Un`der*stand" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Understood (?), and Archaic Understanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Understanding.] [OE. understanden, AS. understandan, literally, to stand under; cf. AS. forstandan to understand, G. verstehen. The development of sense is not clear. See Under, and Stand.]


To have just and adequate ideas of; to apprehended the meaning or intention of; to have knowledge of; to comprehend; to know; as, to understand a problem in Euclid; to understand a proposition or a declaration; the court understands the advocate or his argument; to understand the sacred oracles; to understand a nod or a wink.

<-- in ety, sic: "development of sense"?? perh. s.b. "development of this sense"?? -->

Speaketh [i. e., speak thou] so plain at this time, I you pray, That we may understande what ye say. Chaucer.

I understand not what you mean by this. Shak.

Understood not all was but a show. Milton.

A tongue not understanded of the people. Bk. of Com. Prayer.


To be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has passed the bill.


To recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to mean; to interpret; to explain.

The most learned interpreters understood the words of sin, and not of Abel. Locke.


To mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for granted; to assume.

War, then, war, Open or understood, must be resolved. Milton.


To stand under; to support.

[Jocose & R.]


To give one to understand, to cause one to know. -- To make one's self understood, to make one's meaning clear.


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Un`der*stand", v. i.


To have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent being.

Imparadised in you, in whom alone I understand, and grow, and see. Donne.


To be informed; to have or receive knowledge.

I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah. Neh. xiii. 7.


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