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noun understanding pronunciation in American English /ˌʌndərˈstændɪŋ/ 
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pluralunderstandings
  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] knowledge about a particular subject, process, or situation
    understanding of:

    The course will help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself.

    If you are using this software, it's helpful to have some understanding of basic design principles.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] sympathy that comes from knowing how other people feel and why they do things

    Suzy just needs a little understanding.

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  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] an agreement made in an informal way or not expressed in words
    come to/reach an understanding:

    He was glad he and Betty had come to an understanding.

    have an understanding (with someone):

    We have an understanding with them that we won't compete directly.

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] the particular way in which you understand the meaning of something

    My understanding is that we have not yet made any final decisions.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of understanding
  5. 5
    [uncountable] the ability to understand things

    A child with sufficient understanding may sometimes be asked to give a statement.

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