Synonyms of understanding in English:


See definition of understanding


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

informal know-how


ignorance, misunderstanding

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

thought, mentality

brains, powers of intuition, powers of reasoning

savoir faire

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


ignorance, indifference

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