well-understood

understood

[uhn-der-stood]
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of understand.
adjective
2.
agreed upon; known in advance; assented to: It is the understood policy of this establishment to limit credit.
3.
implied but not stated; left unexpressed: The understood meaning of a danger sign is “Do not approach.”

half-understood, adjective
nonunderstood, adjective
self-understood, adjective
well-understood, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To well-understood
Collins
World English Dictionary
understood (ˌʌndəˈstʊd)
 
vb
1.  the past tense and past participle of understand
 
adj
2.  implied or inferred
3.  taken for granted; assumed

well-understood
 
adj
widely or sufficiently understood or comprehended

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

understand
O.E. understandan "comprehend, grasp the idea of," probably lit. "stand in the midst of," from under + standan "to stand" (see stand). If this is the meaning, the under is not the usual word meaning "beneath," but from O.E. under, from PIE *nter- "between, among" (cf. Skt.
antar "among, between," L. inter "between, among," Gk. entera "intestines;" see inter-). But the exact notion is unclear. Perhaps the ult. sense is "be close to," cf. Gk. epistamai "I know how, I know," lit. "I stand upon." Similar formations are found in O.Fris. (understonda), M.Dan. (understande), while other Gmc. languages use compounds meaning "stand before" (cf. Ger. verstehen, represented in O.E. by forstanden ). For this concept, most I.E. languages use fig. extensions of compounds that lit. mean "put together," or "separate," or "take, grasp."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature