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past tense & past participle understood
American English: /ˌəndərˈstænd/
British English: /ʌndəˈstand/

Translation of understand in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (grasp meaning of) 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
    Example sentences
    • We knew that he had never been to school and yet he could speak so fluently and be understood by first language speakers.
    • For the most part, speakers of different dialects can make themselves understood to speakers of other dialects.
    • To top it all off, half of the actresses sound like they're trying to speak English without understanding a word of it.
    1.2 (interpret) 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'?
    Example sentences
    • But Jack rejects this view and understands it for what it is.
    • A lot of people don't understand it and view it as something negative because of the extreme nature of it.
    • It normally understood all points of view equally, but something seemed to be changing with it.
    1.3 (sympathize, empathize with)
    try to understand my position
    trata de comprender or entender mi situación
    nobody understands me!
    nadie me entiende or comprende
    soy un incomprendido
    Example sentences
    • Everything makes sense when you're little, because what you don't understand you invent an explanation for.
    • I'm not sure I understood much about the situation in the region.
    • What needs to be understood about the situation is that both leaders are hostage to their own constituencies.
    Example sentences
    • There's a sense that this guy is not quite understanding enough or sympathetic enough to the allies' point of view.
    • One would believe that pain would be socially understood and somewhat sympathized with.
    • In the case of Nora, I refused to start writing her as a character until I truly understood her.
  • 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 alsounderstood2

intransitive verb

  • 3 (believe) you're an expert, I understand
    tengo entendido que eres todo un experto
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