- mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.
- intellectual faculties; intelligence; mind: a quick understanding.
- superior power of discernment; enlightened intelligence: With her keen understanding she should have become a leader.
- knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something: an understanding of accounting practice.
- a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people: To him, understanding and goodwill were the supreme virtues.
- a mutual agreement, especially of a private, unannounced, or tacit kind: They had an understanding about who would do the dishes.
- an agreement regulating joint activity or settling differences, often informal or preliminary in character: After hours of negotiation, no understanding on a new contract was reached.
- the power of abstract thought; logical power.
- Kantianism.the mental faculty resolving the sensory manifold into the transcendental unity of apperception.
- characterized by understanding; prompted by, based on, or demonstrating comprehension, intelligence, discernment, empathy, or the like: an understanding attitude.
- the ability to learn, judge, make decisions, etc; intelligence or sense
- personal opinion or interpretation of a subjectmy understanding of your predicament
- a mutual agreement or compact, esp an informal or private one
- mainly British an unofficial engagement to be married
- philosophy archaic the mind, esp the faculty of reason
- on the understanding that with the condition that; providing
- sympathetic, tolerant, or wise towards people
- possessing judgment and intelligence
n.Old English understandincge “comprehension,” from understand (q.v.). Meaning “mutual agreement” is attested from 1803.