Understand etymology


English word understand comes from Proto-Germanic *stōd-

Etymology of understand

Detailed word origin of understand

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*stōd- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
understandan Old English (ang) Halt, stop, stay, remain. Take a stand; stand still; remain standing. To take for granted. To understand, perceive; notice, observe.
understanden Middle English (enm)
understand English (en) (circus, acrobatics) One who supports others in such performances as the human pyramid.. (obsolete, rare, humorous) To stand under; to support.. (transitive) To be aware of the meaning of.. To believe, based on information.. To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.