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prét, pp -stood
British English: /ʌndəˈstand/
American English: /ˌəndərˈstænd/

Translation of understand in French:

transitive verb

  • 1 (intellectually)
    comprendre (question, language, concept)
    is that understood?
    c'est compris?
    I just don't understand it
    je n'arrive vraiment pas à comprendre
    to understand that …
    comprendre que …
    to understand how/why
    comprendre comment/pourquoi
    I can't understand why
    je n'arrive pas à comprendre pourquoi
    to make oneself understood
  • 2 (emotionally)
    comprendre (person, feelings)
    I don't understand you
    je ne te comprends pas
    to understand somebody doing
    comprendre que quelqu'un fasse
    I can understand her being upset
    je comprends qu'elle soit bouleversée
  • 3 (interpret)
    comprendre (person, statement)
    do I understand you correctly?
    vous ai-je bien compris?
    what do you understand by this?
    qu'est-ce que tu comprends par ceci?
    as I understand it I understood him to say ou as saying that…
    j'ai compris qu'il disait que…
    I think we understand each other
    je pense que nous nous comprenons
  • 4 (believe) to understand that …
    croire que …
    I understood (that) I was to wait
    je croyais que je devais attendre
    it is/was understood that …
    on pense/pensait que …
    he was/they were given to understand that …
    on lui/leur a donné à entendre que …
    you won I understand
    vous avez gagné si je comprends bien
    ‘he's dead’—‘so I understand’
    ‘il est mort’—‘c'est ce que j'ai cru comprendre’
  • 5 (accept mutually)to be understood
    être entendu
    I thought that was understood
    je pensais que c'était entendu
    it must be understood that …
    il faut qu'il soit bien entendu que …
  • 6 (Linguistics) (imply)to be understood
    être sous-entendu

intransitive verb

  • 1 (comprehend)
    comprendre (about à propos de)
    no slip-ups, (do you) understand?
    et pas de gaffes, d'accord?
  • 2 (sympathize) I quite/fully understand
    je comprends tout à fait/parfaitement
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