There are 2 main translations of entender in English:

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entender 1

verbo transitivo

  • 2 [formal] 2.1 (concebir, opinar) See examples: yo entiendo que deberíamos esperar un poco más
    in my view o as I see it, we should wait a little longer
    no es así como yo entiendo la amistad
    that is not how I see o understand friendship
    that is not my idea of friendship
    2.2 (interpretar, deducir) See examples: ¿debo entender que desean prescindir de mis servicios?
    am I to understand o infer that you wish to dispense with my services?
    me dio a entender que ya lo sabía
    she gave me to understand that she already knew
    no lo dijo claramente, pero lo dio a entender
    she did not say so in so many words, but she implied it

verbo intransitivo

  • 2 (saber) See examples:entender de algo
    to know about something
    no entiendo nada de economía
    I don't know a thing about economics
    ¿tú entiendes de estas cosas?
    do you know anything about these things?
  • 3 (Derecho)entender en un caso
    to hear a case

also: entenderse verbo pronominal

  • 1 1.1 (comunicarse) See examples:entenderse con alguien
    to communicate with somebody
    se entienden por señas
    they communicate (with each other) through signs
    they use sign language to communicate with each other
    a ver si nos entendemos ¿quién le pegó a quién?
    1.2 (llevarse bien) See examples:entenderse con alguien
    to get along o on with somebody
    tú te entiendes mejor con él
    you get along o on better with him than I do
    creo que nos vamos a entender
    I think we're going to get on o get along fine
    1.3 (arreglarse) See examples:entenderse con alguien
    to deal with somebody
    es mejor entenderse directamente con el jefe
    you are advised to deal directly with the boss
    allá se las entienda [familiar]
    that's his/her problem
    entendérselas con alguien
    to fix something up with somebody
    1.4 [familiar] (tener un lío amoroso) See examples:entenderse con alguien
    to have an affair with somebody
  • 2 (reflexivo) ni él mismo se entiende
    he doesn't know what he's doing himself
    déjame, yo me entiendo
    leave me alone, I know what I'm doing
Example sentences
  • Sergio se molestó y es bueno entender bien porqué.
  • Una presentación bíblica clave te ayudará a entender el significado de la lectura.
  • DGH entiende la palabra cacha con mensaje o envío.

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There are 2 main translations of entender in English:

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entender 2

sustantivo masculino

  • a mi/tu/su entender
    in my/your/his opinion
    to my/your/his mind

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