Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “understanding”

understanding

adjective     /ˌʌn.dəˈstæn.dɪŋ/ US  /-dɚ-/ approving
B2 describes someone who has the ability to know how someone else is feeling or what their situation is, and can forgive them if they do something wrong: He had expected her to be horrified, but she was actually very understanding.Sympathy and compassionEmpathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassion
(Definition of understanding adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of understanding

Definitions of “understanding” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

navigate

to direct the way that a ship, aircraft, etc. will travel, or to find a direction across, along, or over an area of water or land, often by using a map

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More