Translation of "understand" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ˌʌn·dəˈstænd/ us /ˌʌn·dərˈstænd/ past tense and past participle understood

A1 to know the meaning of something that someone says

She didn’t understand so I explained it again.

A2 to know why or how something happens or works

We still don’t fully understand how the brain works.

B1 to know how someone feels or why they behave in a particular way

I don’t understand James sometimes.

(Translation of “understand” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /andəˈstӕnd/ (past tense, past participle understood /-ˈstud/)

to see or know the meaning of (something)

comprender, entender
I can’t understand his absence
Speak slowly to foreigners so that they’ll understand you.

to know (eg a person) thoroughly

comprender, entender
She understands children/dogs.

to learn or realize (something), eg from information received

comprender, entender; tener entendido
At first I didn’t understand how ill she was
I understood that you were planning to leave today.
understandable adjective

that can be understood

His anger is quite understandable.
understanding adjective

(of a person) good at knowing how other people feel; sympathetic

an understanding person
Try to be more understanding!
make (oneself) understood

to make one’s meaning or intentions clear

hacerse entender
He tried speaking German to them, but couldn’t make himself understood.

(Translation of “understand” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)