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understanding

noun  us   /ˌʌn·dərˈstæn·dɪŋ/

understanding noun (BELIEF)

[C usually sing] something that you have reason to believe: [+ that clause] Ours was a generation brought up with the understanding (= belief) that science meant progress. [C usually sing] An understanding is also an informal agreement between people: The two sides have come to/reached an understanding about the sale of the house.

understanding noun (KNOWLEDGE)

[U] knowledge of a particular thing: He doesn’t have any real understanding of mathematics. [U] Understanding is also a feeling of kindness and caring based on knowledge, esp. of the causes of behavior: The values he had in mind were simply family love and understanding.

understanding

adjective  us   /ˌʌn·dərˈstæn·dɪŋ/

understanding adjective (CARING)

sympathetic and caring: an understanding friend
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