Synonyms for understand

accept find out learn be aware
discern follow master be conscious of
explain get perceive be with it
fathom grass read catch on
figure out interpret realize get the hang of
recognize know sympathize get the idea
see get the picture make out penetrate
sense get the point make sense of possess
tolerate have knowledge of take in register
apprehend identify with take meaning savvy
catch ken conceive seize
deduce distinguish infer note

Antonyms for understand

be ignorant fail miss overlook
disallow ignore misunderstand free
disapprove lose neglect let go
disregard misinterpret not get release
disbelieve mistake

Synonyms and Antonyms of understand

  1. to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and informationas I understand it, this is the best plan that we have Synonyms of understand conclude, decide, deduce, derive, extrapolate, gather, judge, make out, reason, infer Words Related to understand assume, suppose

    conjecture, guess, speculate, surmiseconstrue, interpret, readcontemplate, philosophize, rationalize, thinkascertain, dope (out), find out

  2. to have a practical understanding of I think I understand how an engine works now Synonyms of understand comprehend, grasp, know Words Related to understand appreciate, apprehend, cognize, fathom, follow, ken [chiefly Scottish], perceive, savvy

    have, possesscatch on (to), pick up Near Antonyms of understand misapprehend, misconceive, misinterpret, misknow, misperceive, misunderstand

  3. 3to have a clear idea ofafter a few weeks in Russia I began to understand the language a little bit Synonyms of understand appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, comprehend Words Related to understand absorb, digest, take in

    realizefathom, penetrate, pierce Near Antonyms of understand misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstand Antonyms of understand miss

Synonym Discussion of understand

understand, comprehend, appreciate mean to have a clear or complete idea of. understand and comprehend are very often interchangeable. understand may, however, stress the fact of having attained a firm mental grasp of something.
  • orders that were fully understood and promptly obeyed
  • comprehend may stress the process of coming to grips with something intellectually.
  • appreciate implies a just evaluation or judgment of a thing’s value or nature.
  • I have trouble comprehending your reasons for doing this
  • failed to appreciate the risks involved

Sentence Examples

  • And the whole thing has been unnatural because that cat and I are both able to talk your language, and to understand the words you say.
  • We all understand intuitively there is plenty of food in the world.
  • He must understand what Alex had been through.
  • Now I understand why you were crying.
  • To understand this problem, consider our relationship with knowledge over the centuries.


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