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To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
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  1. To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
  2. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp.
  3. To grasp mentally; understand
To take hold of mentally; perceive; understand
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  1. To take hold of mentally; perceive; understand
  2. To understand something.
  3. To grasp mentally; understand:
To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
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  1. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
  2. To determine the depth of; sound.
  3. To get to the bottom of; understand thoroughly
To take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend
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  1. To take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend
  2. ​To understand.
  3. To reach for and try to seize
To regard or consider; deem:
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  1. To regard or consider; deem:
  2. To grasp mentally; take note (of); observe
  3. To cause or allow the mind to become aware of (a stimulus):
(Idiomatic) To discover, as by asking or exploring.
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To perceive or recognize; make out clearly
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  1. To perceive or recognize; make out clearly
  2. To perceive with the eyes; detect or distinguish:
  3. To separate (a thing) mentally from another or others; recognize as separate or different
To be or become; come to be (doing something); come to be (in a situation, condition, etc.)
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  1. To be or become; come to be (doing something); come to be (in a situation, condition, etc.)
  2. (Slang) To cause an emotional response in; irritate, please, thrill, etc.
  3. To begin or start. Used with the present participle:
To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
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  1. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
  2. To determine the depth of; sound.
  3. To get to the bottom of; understand thoroughly
  1. To absorb or comprehend.
  2. To receive into your home for the purpose of processing for a fee.
  3. To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller.
(Idiomatic) To calculate.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To calculate.
  2. (Idiomatic) To come to understand; to discover or find a solution; to deduce.
To take forcibly and quickly; grab
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  1. To take forcibly and quickly; grab
  2. To make use of (an opportunity, for example).
  3. To lay sudden or forcible hold of something.
To be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct:
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  1. To be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct:
  2. To have a practical understanding of, as through experience; be skilled in:
  3. To regard as true beyond doubt:
To increase in value or price, especially over time.
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  1. To increase in value or price, especially over time.
  2. To be thankful or show gratitude for:
  3. To think well of; understand and enjoy; esteem
To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.
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  1. To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.
  2. To understand the continuity or logic of
  3. To go after in order to catch; chase; pursue
To become very skilled in or knowledgeable about:
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  1. To become very skilled in or knowledgeable about:
  2. To become an expert in (an art, science, etc.)
  3. To become master of; control, conquer, etc.
To be of the opinion that; think:
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  1. To be of the opinion that; think:
  2. To apprehend mentally; understand.
  3. To hold as one's conviction or opinion; think; imagine
To grasp; understand:
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  1. To grasp; understand:
  2. To become aware of; perceive:
  3. To comprehend; understand
To accept as a fact; admit; accept
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  1. To accept as a fact; admit; accept
  2. To show acquaintance with (a person) by greeting
  3. To know or identify from past experience or knowledge:
To offer reasons for or a cause of; justify:
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  1. To offer reasons for or a cause of; justify:
  2. To make something plain or comprehensible:
  3. To give an explanation
To translate from one language into another:
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  1. To translate from one language into another:
  2. To have or show one's own understanding of the meaning of; construe
  3. To bring out the meaning of; esp., to give one's own conception of (a work of art), as in performance or criticism
To select a pattern of information and assign it as an entity.
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  1. To select a pattern of information and assign it as an entity.
  2. To take cognizance of; notice
  3. To know or be aware of.
To become aware or informed of; find out:
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  1. To become aware or informed of; find out:
  2. To get knowledge of (a subject) or skill in (an art, trade, etc.) by study, experience, instruction, etc.
  3. To come to know how
To recognize.
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  1. To recognize.
  2. (Archaic) To see; look at; descry
  3. To know (a person or thing).
(--- Informal) To manage to see, hear, find, etc.
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  1. (--- Informal) To manage to see, hear, find, etc.
  2. To go to see (a performance, for example):
  3. To get (something required), usually quickly or for a brief period:
(Obsolete) Contraction of ne mote (“may not").
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  1. (Obsolete) Contraction of ne mote (“may not").
  2. To show; indicate:
  3. To make a note of; write down:
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  1. Wit
  2. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of wit
  3. (Archaic) To know.
(Archaic) To think; suppose; imagine
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  1. (Archaic) To think; suppose; imagine
To obtain or achieve, as gain or profit:
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  1. To obtain or achieve, as gain or profit:
  2. To bring into reality; make real:
  3. To understand fully; apprehend
To have or use as a preferred reading in a particular passage:
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  1. To have or use as a preferred reading in a particular passage:
  2. To know (a language) well enough to interpret its written form
  3. To get the meaning of (something written, printed, embossed, etc.) by using the eyes, or for Braille, the finger tips, to interpret its characters or signs
To separate or mark off by differences; perceive or show the difference in; differentiate
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  1. To separate or mark off by differences; perceive or show the difference in; differentiate
  2. To be an identifying characteristic of; make noticeable or different:
  3. To perceive or indicate differences; discriminate:
To involve by logical necessity; entail:
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  1. To involve by logical necessity; entail:
  2. (Obs.) To bring on or about; cause; induce
  3. To conclude or decide from something known or assumed; derive by reasoning; draw as a conclusion
To infer from a general principle; reason deductively:
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  1. To infer from a general principle; reason deductively:
  2. To trace the course or derivation of
  3. To infer by logical reasoning; reason out or conclude from known facts or general principles
To lead or move, as to a course of action, by influence or persuasion.
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  1. To lead or move, as to a course of action, by influence or persuasion.
  2. To bring on; bring about; cause; effect
  3. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
(Idiomatic) To be experienced in worldly matters; to be seasoned, not naive.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To be experienced in worldly matters; to be seasoned, not naive.
To participate in personally; undergo:
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  1. To participate in personally; undergo:
  2. To have experience of; personally encounter or feel; meet with; undergo
(Idiomatic) To understand, discover the truth about, or solve.
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(--- Archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition:
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  1. (--- Archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition:
  2. To hold as property or occupy in person; have as something that belongs to one; own
  3. (Archaic) To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
(Idiomatic) To gain an understanding of something previously not understood, especially in a sudden insight.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To gain an understanding of something previously not understood, especially in a sudden insight.
  2. (Idiomatic, religious) To undergo a spiritual conversion.
  3. (Idiomatic) To come into the world or to public notice.
To formally enter in a public list (as in register to vote); to make a record of (the defense registered an objection); to file a stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is required before it can be offered for sale. To formally enter in a public list (as in register to vote); to make a record of (the defense registered an objection); to file a stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is required before it can be offered for sale.
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  1. To formally enter in a public list (as in register to vote); to make a record of (the defense registered an objection); to file a stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is required before it can be offered for sale. To formally enter in a public list (as in register to vote); to make a record of (the defense registered an objection); to file a stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is required before it can be offered for sale.
  2. To have one's name placed on the list of those eligible to vote in an election, by making application in the prescribed way
  3. To give outward signs of; express:
To understand; comprehend.
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  1. To understand; comprehend.
  2. (Slang) To understand; get the idea
(Intransitive, idiomatic) To begin to understand; to realize.
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  1. (Intransitive, idiomatic) To begin to understand; to realize.
  2. (Intransitive, idiomatic) To become popular; to become commonplace; to become the standard.
To find out, as by careful study or investigation; unearth
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  1. To find out, as by careful study or investigation; unearth
  2. (Slang) To understand
  3. To uncover and get from the ground or another surface in this way
(Idiomatic) to infer a meaning that is not stated explicitly
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To make an estimate or conjecture:
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  1. To make an estimate or conjecture:
  2. To form a judgment or estimate of (something) without actual knowledge or enough facts for certainty; conjecture; surmise
  3. To suppose; think:
A conclusion or inference based upon incomplete or uncertain evidence. A conclusion or inference based upon incomplete or uncertain evidence. To make a conclusion or inference based upon such evidence.
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  1. A conclusion or inference based upon incomplete or uncertain evidence. A conclusion or inference based upon incomplete or uncertain evidence. To make a conclusion or inference based upon such evidence.
  2. To judge or conclude by conjecture; guess:
  3. To arrive at or propose by conjecture; guess
  1. To conjecture, to opine or to posit with contestable premises.
  2. To make a judgment about (something) without sufficient evidence; guess:
  3. To say (something) as a guess or conjecture.
To acknowledge defeat in:
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  1. To acknowledge defeat in:
  2. (--- Sports) To allow (a goal or point, for example) to be scored by the opposing team or player.
  3. To acknowledge or admit (defeat).
(Idiomatic, especially of a person) To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate.
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  1. (Idiomatic, especially of a person) To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate.
  2. To assume something to be true without verification or proof.
(Idiomatic) to rely upon, trust, or expect
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To understand something.
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  1. To understand something.
  2. To understand
  3. (Archaic) To anticipate with worry or dread.
(Archaic) To go around; make a circuit of
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  1. (Archaic) To go around; make a circuit of
  2. To plot or contrive (something harmful)
  3. To understand; comprehend:
To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
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  1. To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
  2. To include; take in; comprise
  3. To grasp mentally; understand
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  1. ​To understand.
  2. To take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend
  3. To reach for and try to seize
To be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct:
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  1. To be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct:
  2. To have a practical understanding of, as through experience; be skilled in:
  3. To regard as true beyond doubt:
To recognize.
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  1. To recognize.
  2. (Archaic) To see; look at; descry
  3. (Scot.) To know (of or about)
To be able to hold (something applied or inserted):
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  1. To be able to hold (something applied or inserted):
  2. To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.
  3. To take (what is offered or given); receive, esp. willingly
To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive:
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  1. To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive:
  2. To understand something.
  3. To take hold of mentally; perceive; understand
(--- Informal) To manage to see, hear, find, etc.
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  1. (--- Informal) To manage to see, hear, find, etc.
  2. To go to see (a performance, for example):
  3. To take or get passively; incur or contract without intention, as by exposure
To grasp mentally; understand; comprehend
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  1. To grasp mentally; understand; comprehend
  2. To accomplish or bring about:
  3. (Archaic) To go around; make a circuit of
To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
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  1. To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
  2. To grasp mentally; understand
  3. To include; take in; comprise
To cause to begin life
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  1. To cause to begin life
  2. To be of the opinion that; think:
  3. To hold as one's conviction or opinion; think; imagine
To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
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  1. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
  2. To determine the depth of; sound.
  3. To get to the bottom of; understand thoroughly
To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.
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  1. To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.
  2. To go after in order to catch; chase; pursue
  3. To take as a model; act in accordance with; imitate
To be or become; come to be (doing something); come to be (in a situation, condition, etc.)
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  1. To be or become; come to be (doing something); come to be (in a situation, condition, etc.)
  2. To take revenge on, especially to kill in revenge for a wrong.
  3. To begin or start. Used with the present participle:
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  1. ​To understand.
  2. To reach for and try to seize
  3. To take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend
To know (a language) well enough to interpret its written form
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  1. To know (a language) well enough to interpret its written form
  2. To have or use as a preferred reading in a particular passage:
  3. To get the meaning of (something written, printed, embossed, etc.) by using the eyes, or for Braille, the finger tips, to interpret its characters or signs
To make sure; take care:
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  1. To make sure; take care:
  2. To get a clear mental impression of; grasp by thinking; understand
  3. To consider:
To grasp; understand:
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  1. To grasp; understand:
  2. To be or become aware of
  3. To become aware of; perceive:
To understand or interpret:
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  1. To understand or interpret:
  2. To get possession of (fish or game, for example) by capturing or killing.
  3. To subtract:
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  1. To subscribe to home delivery of.
  2. To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller.
  3. To allow a person or an animal to live in one's home.
To understand; comprehend.
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  1. To understand; comprehend.
  2. (Slang) To understand; get the idea
To obtain or find by an action similar to digging:
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  1. To obtain or find by an action similar to digging:
  2. To uncover and get from the ground or another surface in this way
  3. To take notice of:
2012 May 30, John E. McIntyre, “A future for copy editors", Baltimore Sun:
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  1. 2012 May 30, John E. McIntyre, “A future for copy editors", Baltimore Sun:
  2. To understand or figure out:
  3. To be or become aware of the situation; understand:
To recognize.
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  1. To recognize.
  2. To know (a person or thing).
  3. (Archaic) To see; look at; descry
To decide by reasoning; infer; deduce
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  1. To decide by reasoning; infer; deduce
  2. To come to an end; close:
  3. To come to a decision or agreement:
To trace the course or derivation of
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  1. To trace the course or derivation of
  2. To infer by logical reasoning; reason out or conclude from known facts or general principles
  3. To reach (a conclusion) by reasoning.
To derive by deduction; deduce.
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  1. To derive by deduction; deduce.
  2. To take away a desirable part:
  3. To take away (a quantity) from another; subtract.
To bring to a certain condition or action; lead:
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  1. To bring to a certain condition or action; lead:
  2. To bring about deliberately; provoke:
  3. To compose or write out in legal format:
To come together in a group; assemble:
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  1. To come together in a group; assemble:
  2. To become wrinkled
  3. To draw (something or someone) closer to oneself:
To involve by logical necessity; entail:
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  1. To involve by logical necessity; entail:
  2. (Obs.) To bring on or about; cause; induce
  3. To draw inferences
To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration:
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  1. To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration:
  2. To act or decide as a judge.
  3. (--- Law) To hear and decide on in a court of law:

Synonym Study

  • Appreciate implies sensitive, discriminating perception of the exact worth or value of something to appreciate the difficulties of a situation
  • Understand and comprehend are used interchangeably to imply clear perception of the meaning of something, but, more precisely, understand stresses the full awareness or knowledge arrived at, and comprehend, the process of grasping something mentally one may comprehend the words in an idiom without understanding at all what is meant
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