understand

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌʌndərˈstænd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌʌndɚˈstænd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(un′dər stand)


Inflections of 'understand' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
understands
v 3rd person singular
understanding
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
understood
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
understood
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

understand

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. understand your [feelings, wishes, concern, reluctance]
  2. understand your [point, question, frustration]
  3. understand the [issue, problem, material]
  4. understand the [directions, instructions, contract, agreement]
  5. understand the [law, rules, regulations]
  6. let me see if I understand this [right, correctly]
  7. understand the [importance of, need for]
  8. understand the [idea, concept]
  9. understand what you're saying
  10. understand what's [happening, going on] in the [book, movie]
  11. understand how it works
  12. understand that you want to [go, leave, have, make, do]
  13. understand (that) you're upset
  14. will understand if you [don't, can't]
  15. will never understand why
  16. understand and [agree, appreciate, accept]
  17. understand [all, only] too well
  18. [truly, completely, certainly] understand
  19. [do not, don't] understand the [question, reasons]
  20. did not understand
  21. just do not understand [why, how]
  22. just [can't, cannot] understand (it)
  23. I (have) never understood [why, how]
  24. [couldn't, failed to, struggled to] understand
  25. [failed, tried] to make her understand
  26. [my parents, other people] (just) don't understand me
  27. what you have to understand is (that)
  28. please try to understand
  29. hope you understand
  30. is [hard, difficult, impossible, easy] to understand
  31. not [hard] to understand
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