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 for Understanding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Understand \Un`der*stand"\ ([u^]n`d[~e]r*st[a^]nd"), v. t. [imp.
     & p. p. Understood ([u^]n`d[~e]r*st[oo^]d"), and Archaic
     Understanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Understanding.] [OE.
     understanden, AS. understandan, literally, to stand under;
     cf. AS. forstandan to understand, G. verstehen. The
     development of sense is not clear. See Under, and Stand.]
     1. To have just and adequate ideas of; to apprehended the
        meaning or intention of; to have knowledge of; to
        comprehend; to know; as, to understand a problem in
        Euclid; to understand a proposition or a declaration; the
        court understands the advocate or his argument; to
        understand the sacred oracles; to understand a nod or a
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              Speaketh [i. e., speak thou] so plain at this time,
              I you pray,
              That we may understande what ye say.  --Chaucer.
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              I understand not what you mean by this. --Shak.
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              Understood not all was but a show.    --Milton.
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              A tongue not understanded of the people. --Bk. of
                                                    Com. Prayer.
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     2. To be apprised, or have information, of; to learn; to be
        informed of; to hear; as, I understand that Congress has
        passed the bill.
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     3. To recognize or hold as being or signifying; to suppose to
        mean; to interpret; to explain.
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              The most learned interpreters understood the words
              of sin, and not of Abel.              --Locke.
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     4. To mean without expressing; to imply tacitly; to take for
        granted; to assume.
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              War, then, war,
              Open or understood, must be resolved. --Milton.
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     5. To stand under; to support. [Jocose & R.] --Shak.
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     To give one to understand, to cause one to know.
     To make one's self understood, to make one's meaning clear.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Understanding \Un`der*stand"ing\ ([u^]n`d[~e]r*st[a^]nd"[i^]ng),
     Knowing; intelligent; skillful; as, he is an understanding
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Understanding \Un`der*stand"ing\, n.
     1. The act of one who understands a thing, in any sense of
        the verb; knowledge; discernment; comprehension;
        interpretation; explanation.
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     2. An agreement of opinion or feeling; adjustment of
        differences; harmony; anything mutually understood or
        agreed upon; as, to come to an understanding with another.
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              He hoped the loyalty of his subjects would concur
              with him in the preserving of a good understanding
              between him and his people.           --Clarendon.
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     3. The power to understand; the intellectual faculty; the
        intelligence; the rational powers collectively conceived
        an designated; the higher capacities of the intellect; the
        power to distinguish truth from falsehood, and to adapt
        means to ends.
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              But there is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of
              the Almighty giveth them understanding. --Job xxxii.
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              The power of perception is that which we call the
              understanding. Perception, which we make the act of
              the understanding, is of three sorts: 1. The
              perception of ideas in our mind; 2. The perception
              of the signification of signs; 3. The perception of
              the connection or repugnancy, agreement or
              disagreement, that there is between any of our
              ideas. All these are attributed to the
              understanding, or perceptive power, though it be the
              two latter only that use allows us to say we
              understand.                           --Locke.
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              In its wider acceptation, understanding is the
              entire power of perceiving an conceiving, exclusive
              of the sensibility: the power of dealing with the
              impressions of sense, and composing them into
              wholes, according to a law of unity; and in its most
              comprehensive meaning it includes even simple
              apprehension.                         --Coleridge.
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     4. Specifically, the discursive faculty; the faculty of
        knowing by the medium or use of general conceptions or
        relations. In this sense it is contrasted with, and
        distinguished from, the reason.
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              I use the term understanding, not for the noetic
              faculty, intellect proper, or place of principles,
              but for the dianoetic or discursive faculty in its
              widest signification, for the faculty of relations
              or comparisons; and thus in the meaning in which
              "verstand" is now employed by the Germans. --Sir W.
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     Syn: Sense; intelligence; perception. See Sense.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characterized by understanding based on comprehension and
             discernment and empathy; "an understanding friend"
      n 1: the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has
           virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
           [syn: understanding, apprehension, discernment,
      2: the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises;
         "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each
         other's business"; "there was an understanding between
         management and the workers" [syn: agreement,
      3: an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an
         opinion; "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I
         knew I could count on his understanding" [syn: sympathy,
      4: the capacity for rational thought or inference or
         discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason
         and capable of distinguishing good from evil" [syn: reason,
         understanding, intellect]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  352 Moby Thesaurus words for "understanding":
     IQ, Spartan, Vernunft, abatement of differences, acceptation,
     accepting, acclamation, accommodation, accord, accordance,
     accordant, acute, adjustment, affinity, agape, agreeable, agreeing,
     agreement, agreement of all, akin, all-knowing, alliance, amicable,
     amity, apperception, apperceptive, appercipient, apprehending,
     apprehension, apprehensive, argute, armed with patience, armistice,
     arrangement, astute, at one, attuned, aware, awareness, bargain,
     binding agreement, bleeding, bond, bonds of harmony, brain, brains,
     bright, brotherly love, caliber, capacity, caritas, cartel,
     cement of friendship, charitable, charity, chorus, clairvoyance,
     clement, cogent, cognizant, collective agreement, command,
     commiserative, commitment, common assent, common consent,
     communion, community, community of interests, compact,
     compassionate, compatibility, compatible, composition,
     comprehending, comprehension, compromise, conception, conceptive,
     conceptual, conceptualization, concert, concession, concord,
     concordance, concordant, concordat, concurrence, condolent,
     congenial, congeniality, conscious, consensus, consensus gentium,
     consensus of opinion, consensus omnium, consent, consentaneity,
     consortium, contract, convention, cop-out, cordial understanding,
     correspondence, corresponding, covenant, covenant of salt, deal,
     deductive power, desertion of principle, dicker, discerning,
     discernment, disciplined, discourse of reason, discrimination,
     discursive, discursive reason, empathetic, empathic, empathy,
     employment contract, en rapport, endurant, engagement,
     enlightenment, entente, entente cordiale, esemplastic power,
     esprit, esprit de corps, estimation, evasion of responsibility,
     farseeing, farsighted, feeling of identity, fellow feeling,
     fellowship, fix on, forbearant, forbearing, foreknowledge,
     foreseeing, foresighted, forethoughted, forethoughtful,
     formal agreement, frictionless, frictionlessness,
     general acclamation, general agreement, general consent,
     general voice, gentle, give-and-take, giving way, good sense,
     good vibes, good vibrations, grasp, gray matter, grip,
     happy family, harmonious, harmony, head, headpiece, human, humane,
     ideation, ideational, identity, import, in accord, in concert,
     in rapport, in tune, incisive, indulgent, inharmony, insight,
     insightful, integrative power, intellect, intellection,
     intellectual, intellectual faculty, intellectual grasp,
     intellectual power, intellectualism, intellectuality, intelligence,
     intelligence quotient, intelligent, intendment, interpretation,
     intuition, ironclad agreement, judgement, kinship, knowing,
     knowledge, knowledgeable, legal agreement, legal contract, lenient,
     like-minded, like-mindedness, long-suffering, longheaded,
     longsighted, love, mastery, meaning, meeting of minds, melting,
     mens, mental age, mental capacity, mental grasp, mental ratio,
     mentality, merciful, message, mind, mindful, mother wit,
     mutual agreement, mutual concession, mutual understanding,
     mutuality, native wit, noetic, not so dumb, notion, nous,
     obligation, of one mind, omniscient, one accord, one voice,
     oneness, opinion, pact, paction, patient, patient as Job, peace,
     peaceful, penetrating, penetration, perception, perceptive,
     percipience, percipient, persevering, perspicacious, perspicuous,
     philosophical, piercing, pitying, power of mind, power of reason,
     precognition, preengagement, prehensile, prehension, promise,
     protocol, provident, psyche, purport, rapport, rapprochement,
     ratio, rational, rationality, reading, reason, reasonable,
     reasoning, reasoning faculty, reasoning power, reciprocity,
     recognizance, reconciliation, ruthful, sagacious, sagacity,
     sageness, same mind, sane, sanity, sapience, savvy, scope of mind,
     self-controlled, sense, sensible, sensitiveness, sensitivity,
     settlement, sharing, shrewd, significance, significancy,
     signification, single voice, smarts, soft, softhearted, solidarity,
     sophic, stipulation, stoic, strong-minded, surrender, sympathetic,
     sympathizing, sympathy, symphony, team spirit, tender,
     tenderhearted, thinking power, together, tolerant, tolerating,
     tolerative, total agreement, transaction, treaty, trenchant, truce,
     unanimity, unanimousness, undertaking, union, union contract,
     unison, united, unity, universal agreement, valid contract,
     verbal agreement, view, wage contract, warmhearted, wisdom, wise,
     wit, yielding

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  UNDERSTANDING, n.  A cerebral secretion that enables one having it to
  know a house from a horse by the roof on the house.  Its nature and
  laws have been exhaustively expounded by Locke, who rode a house, and
  Kant, who lived in a horse.
      His understanding was so keen
      That all things which he'd felt, heard, seen,
      He could interpret without fail
      If he was in or out of jail.
      He wrote at Inspiration's call
      Deep disquisitions on them all,
      Then, pent at last in an asylum,
      Performed the service to compile 'em.
      So great a writer, all men swore,
      They never had not read before.
                                                         Jorrock Wormley

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