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
Synonyms: agreement

"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"

Related terms: perceptive
4. [ noun ] an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
Synonyms: sympathy

"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
Synonyms: reason intellect

"we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"

Related terms: faculty reason
Similar spelling:   understandingly