|1.||[ noun ] (psychology) the cognitive condition of someone who understands|
|Synonyms:||apprehension savvy discernment|
"he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
|Related terms:||knowing appreciation comprehension insight realization grasping hindsight self-knowledge comprehension smattering understand get_the_picture|
|2.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||statement bargain conspiracy settlement sale written_agreement submission working_agreement gentlemen's_agreement entente oral_contract unilateral_contract severance_agreement suicide_pact covenant reservation condition agree|
|3.||[ adjective ] characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy|
"an understanding friend"
|4.||[ noun ] an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion|
"his sympathies were always with the underdog" "I knew I could count on his understanding"
|Related terms:||inclination sympathize|
|5.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||faculty reason|