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American English: /ˌəndərˈstændɪŋ/
British English: /ʌndəˈstandɪŋ/

Translation of understanding in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (grasp) a child's understanding is limited
    el entendimiento de un niño es limitado
    he has little/no understanding of the problem
    no comprende muy bien/para nada el problema
    we now have a better or greater understanding of it
    ahora lo entendemos or lo comprendemos mejor
    Example sentences
    • It may not be until June or July of next year until a more comprehensive understanding of the problem is reached.
    • He constantly strives to increase his abilities and his understanding of the obstacles around him.
    • Our understanding of and ability to control quantum systems have never been so good.
    1.2 (interpretation) that's not my understanding of what he meant
    no es así como yo interpreto sus palabras
    your understanding of the law is not the same as mine
    su interpretación de la ley es distinta de la mía
    Example sentences
    • His understanding of the situation was that a fracas had spilled over from the field of play to where substitutes were sitting and they got involved.
    • This has been an unfortunately brief, but crucial attempt at increasing our understanding of the situation we find ourselves in.
    • My understanding of the situation regarding the region was also influenced by his work.
    1.3 (sympathy) these exchanges promote international understanding
    estos intercambios fomentan el entendimiento or la concordia entre las naciones
    Example sentences
    • They have shown no compassion, no understanding, no tolerance, and especially, no patience.
    • Tolerance and understanding develops between Ruth and other members of the household.
    • Every story he tells in some way teaches tolerance and understanding.
  • 2 countable (agreement, arrangement) to come to or reach an understanding (with somebody)
    llegar a un acuerdo (con alguien)
    to have an understanding (with somebody)the traffickers have an understanding with the police
    los traficantes tienen un arreglo con la policía
    we had an understanding that we'd share the work
    habíamos convenido que compartiríamos el trabajo
    Example sentences
    • How do we establish mutual agreements or common understandings while respecting diversity?
    • They just do not come close to telling the whole story, since informal understandings and norms are crucial in determining outcomes.
    • All was talk except for what mattered most, which were unspoken understandings.
  • 3 uncountable (belief) it was my understanding that I would get the job
    tenía entendido or creía que me darían el trabajo
    our understanding is that the offer has been rejected
    según tenemos entendido, han rechazado la oferta
    on the understanding that …
    bien entendido que
    con la condición de que …


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