Synonyms of understanding in English:


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See UK English definition of understanding

See Spanish definition of entendimiento


1‘the aim of the examination is to test basic understanding of the written language’

comprehension, apprehension, grasp, grip, mastery, perception, discernment, appreciation, interpretation, cognizance, ken, conception, digestion, assimilation, absorption
knowledge, awareness, consciousness
insight into, familiarity with, acquaintance with
skill in, expertise in, proficiency in
informal know-how

ignorance, misunderstanding

2‘a young man of brilliant understanding and great eloquence’

intellect, intelligence, mind, brainpower, capability, insight, judgement, sense, reason, reasoning
intuition, shrewdness, sharpness, quickness, acumen, sagacity, perspicacity, wisdom, wit
thought, mentality
brains, powers of intuition, powers of reasoning
savoir faire
informal grey matter, nous, savvy, know-how

3‘it was my understanding that because of the war there would be no ceremonies’

belief, perception, view, notion, idea, conclusion, conviction, feeling, opinion, intuition, impression, assumption, supposition, postulation, way of thinking, point of view
suspicion, sneaking suspicion, hunch, funny feeling

4‘he always treated me with great kindness and understanding’

compassion, sympathy, pity, empathy, feeling, concern, considerateness, consideration, tenderness, tender-heartedness, kindness, kind-heartedness, sensitivity, insight, fellow feeling, brotherly love, neighbourliness, decency, humanity, humanitarianism, humaneness, charity, goodwill, mercy, mercifulness, gentleness, tolerance, lenience, leniency, warmth, warm-heartedness, affection, love

ignorance, indifference

5‘we had a tacit understanding that we would keep it secret’

agreement, gentleman's agreement, arrangement, deal, bargain, settlement, pledge, promise, pact, compact, contract, concord, treaty, covenant, bond


1‘he's a very good and understanding friend’

compassionate, sympathetic, sensitive, considerate, tender, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, thoughtful, tolerant, patient, forbearing, lenient, merciful, forgiving, humane, human, good-natured, approachable, supportive, reassuring
tactful, diplomatic, perceptive, subtle, prudent