Un`der*stand" (ŭn`dẽr*stănd"), 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.] 1. 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.
Speaketh [i. e., speak thou] so plain at this time, I
That we may understande what ye say.
I understand not what you mean by this.
Understood not all was but a show.
A tongue not understanded of the people.
Bk. of Com. Prayer.
2. To be apprised, or have information, of; to
learn; to be informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress
has passed the bill.
3. 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.
4. To mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to
take for granted; to assume.
War, then, war,
Open or understood, must be resolved.
5. 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.
Un`der*stand", v. i. 1.
To have the use of the intellectual faculties; to be an intelligent
Imparadised in you, in whom alone Donne.
I understand, and grow, and see.
2. To be informed; to have or receive
I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that
Eliashib did for Tobiah. Neh. xiii. 7.