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To not understand, or to misunderstand - thesaurus

Synonyms

misunderstand

verb

to not understand someone or something correctly

mistake

verb

to not understand something correctly

misinterpret

verb

to understand or explain something wrongly

be unclear about/as to something

to not understand or not be certain about something

not have a clue

to not know or understand something

have no conception of something

to be unable to understand something because you have no experience of it

lose your grip (on something)

to become less able to understand things or deal with them

miss the point

to fail to understand something

misconstrue

verb

to understand something wrongly

get someone wrong

to not understand someone

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be wasted on someone

if something is wasted on someone, they do not understand it or do not realize how good or valuable it is

escape someone’s notice

if a fact, situation, etc. escapes your notice, you are not conscious of it

flounder

verb

to feel confused and not know what to say or do next

get your wires crossed

if two people get their wires crossed, they become confused because they each think that the other one is talking about something else

go over someone’s head

to be too difficult for someone to understand

lose the thread

to stop concentrating so that you do not understand what someone is saying

lose your way

to no longer know what your aim or purpose is or what to do next

misconceive

verb

formal to fail to understand something correctly

misread

verb

to understand or judge a person or situation wrongly

miss

verb

to fail to notice or understand something

not know what has come over someone

to be unable to explain why someone is behaving in such a strange way

not know what someone sees in someone

spoken to not understand why one person finds another person attractive or likes them

scratch your head

to not understand something, or to not know how to deal with it

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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