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1‘the aim of the examination is to test basic understanding of the written language’
comprehension, apprehension, grasp, grip, mastery, perception, discernment, appreciation, interpretation, cognizance, ken, conception, digestion, assimilation, absorption
knowledge, awareness, consciousness
insight into, familiarity with, acquaintance with
skill in, expertise in, proficiency in
2‘a young man of brilliant understanding and great eloquence’
intellect, intelligence, mind, brainpower, capability, insight, judgement, sense, reason, reasoning
intuition, shrewdness, sharpness, quickness, acumen, sagacity, perspicacity, wisdom, wit
brains, powers of intuition, powers of reasoning
informal grey matter, nous, savvy, know-how
3‘it was my understanding that because of the war there would be no ceremonies’
belief, perception, view, notion, idea, conclusion, conviction, feeling, opinion, intuition, impression, assumption, supposition, postulation, way of thinking, point of view
suspicion, sneaking suspicion, hunch, funny feeling
4‘he always treated me with great kindness and understanding’
compassion, sympathy, pity, empathy, feeling, concern, considerateness, consideration, tenderness, tender-heartedness, kindness, kind-heartedness, sensitivity, insight, fellow feeling, brotherly love, neighbourliness, decency, humanity, humanitarianism, humaneness, charity, goodwill, mercy, mercifulness, gentleness, tolerance, lenience, leniency, warmth, warm-heartedness, affection, love
5‘we had a tacit understanding that we would keep it secret’
agreement, gentleman's agreement, arrangement, deal, bargain, settlement, pledge, promise, pact, compact, contract, concord, treaty, covenant, bond
1‘he's a very good and understanding friend’
compassionate, sympathetic, sensitive, considerate, tender, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, thoughtful, tolerant, patient, forbearing, lenient, merciful, forgiving, humane, human, good-natured, approachable, supportive, reassuring
tactful, diplomatic, perceptive, subtle, prudent
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