Synonyms of understand in English:


See US English definition of understand

See UK English definition of understand

See Spanish definition of entender


1‘he couldn't understand anything we said to him’

comprehend, apprehend, grasp, see, take in, perceive, discern, make out, puzzle out, recognize, keep up with, master, get to know, follow, fathom, get to the bottom of, penetrate, divine, interpret, unravel, decipher, see the light about, envisage
informal get the hang of, get the drift of, catch on to, latch on to, tumble to, crack, make head or tail of, figure out, dig, get, get one's head around, wrap one's mind around, see daylight, get the picture, get the message
British informal twig, suss out, suss
North American informal savvy
rare cognize

misunderstand, misinterpret

2‘Suzanne understood how hard her husband had worked’

appreciate, recognize, realize, acknowledge, know, be aware of, be conscious of, be cognizant of, accept
commiserate with, feel compassionate towards, sympathize with, empathize with
informal take on board, be wise to


3‘I understand that you wish to take legal action’

believe, be led to believe, be given to understand, think, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, assume, surmise, fancy
gather, take it, hear, hear tell, be informed, notice, see, learn, discover