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English definition of “understanding”

understanding

noun     /ˌʌndəˈstændɪŋ/
KNOWLEDGE [U, no plural] B2 knowledge about a subject , situation , etc or about how something works : We now have a better understanding of this disease .Understanding and comprehending
AGREEMENT [C] an informal agreement between two people : [usually singular, + that] We have an understanding that we don't discuss the subject in front of his mother .Making and breaking promises and commitments
SYMPATHY [U] B2 sympathy : Thank you for your understanding.Sympathy and compassion
my/her/his, etc understanding what you thought to be true : It was my understanding that she was coming alone .Believing
ABILITY [U] the ability to learn or think about something: The computer side of the course was way beyond my understanding (= was too difficult for me).Understanding and comprehending
(Definition of understanding noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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