Translation of understand in Spanish:


(past & past p -stood)
Pronunciation: /ˌʌndərˈstænd; ˌʌndəˈstænd/


  • 1 1.1 (grasp meaning of) entender* there are several words I can't understand hay unas cuantas palabras que no entiendo I can't speak Italian, but I can understand it no hablo italiano pero lo entiendo I can make myself understood me puedo hacer entender I can't understand why he did it no logro entender or comprender por qué lo hizo you must understand that these things take time tiene que comprender or entender que estas cosas llevan tiempo I don't want it to happen again; have I made myself understood? no quiero que vuelva a suceder ¿está claro? now that we understand one another ahora que nos entendemos 1.2 (interpret) entender*, interpretar her remark can be understood several ways su comentario se puede entender or interpretar de varias maneras I understood him to be saying something quite different por lo que yo entendí él dijo algo muy diferente please understand me correctly! por favor no me malinterpreten or no me interpreten mal as I understand it, … según tengo entendido, …, por lo que entiendo, …, según creo, … what do you understand by the term 'deprivation'? ¿qué entiendes tú por 'privaciones'? 1.3 (sympathize, empathize with) [fears/doubts/person] comprender, entender* try to understand my position trata de comprender or entender mi situación nobody understands me! nadie me entiende or comprende, soy un incomprendido
  • 2 (believe, infer) the president is understood to favor the second option se cree que el presidente prefiere la segunda opción she is understood to have said that … parece que dijo que … I understand you play tennis tengo entendido que juega al tenis I understood you'd changed jobs creí que había cambiado de trabajo am I to understand that you won't help? ¿entonces quiere decir que no me van a ayudar? I was given to understand I'd get my money back me dieron a entender que me devolverían el dinero she has let it be understood that … ha dado a entender que … see also understood2


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