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give (one) to believe

To cause one to believe something. Why should I worry? The boss has never given me to believe that she's displeased with my work.
See also: believe, give

give (one) to understand

To cause one to understand something. Why should I worry? The boss has never given me to understand that she's displeased with my work.
See also: give, understand

give someone to understand something

to explain something to someone; to imply something to someone. (Possibly misleading someone, accidentally or intentionally. See also given to understand.) Mr. Smith gave Sally to understand that she should be home by midnight. The mayor gave the citizens to understand that there would be no tax increase. He didn't promise, though.
See also: give, understand

given to understand

[of someone] made to believe [something]. (See also give someone to understand.) They were given to understand that there would be no tax increase, but after the election taxes went up. She was given to understand that she had to be home by midnight.
See also: given, understand

I don't understand (it).

 and I can't understand (it).
I am confused and bewildered (by what has happened). Bill: Everyone is leaving the party. Mary: I don't understand. It's still so early. Bob: The very idea, Sue and Tom doing something like that! Alice: It's very strange. I can't understand it.
See also: understand

give to understand

Lead one to think, as in I was given to understand that the President was coming here. [Mid-1500s]
See also: give, understand

give somebody to beˈlieve/underˈstand (that)...

(formal) (often used in the passive) make somebody believe/understand something: I was given to understand that she had resigned.
See also: believe, give, somebody
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He, rightly I think, says we cannot call the mode of government in America democratic given the corporate influence on legislation, (6) but it remains unclear to me what Stout understands to be the alternative.
Engineers, salespeople, nurses, truck drivers, operations folks--they all speak their own private little language, loaded with acronyms, terms and phrases that nobody else in the organization understands.
Without a well-thought-out plan, you cannot be certain that the patient understands your explanation of procedures and treatment.
And in my own experience in mathematics departments, it has been the rare mathematics student (undergraduate or graduate) who understands the formula.
Even though Salaar has never visited the Netherlands, he sees and understands the pain on the face of Van Gogh, tie is fascinated by the peace on the Buddha's face and the half-smile of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
An insurer that correctly understands the varying needs and values of customers in relation to its products and capabilities can identify why its offerings should be attractive to each group of customers.
If one understands the congregation as a private, family chapel, which unfortunately seems to be the case for many in our contemporary setting, then perhaps the family metaphor is a helpful one.
The caregiver who understands this progression is better able to monitor the resident's health status and to assist both the resident and the resident's family.
Thus, he fails to define what he understands by the designation, essentially referring readers back to his earlier work.
When one understands the knowledge that a given alloy, with a given chemical composition, produces given physical characteristics, the understanding can be used to model and judge how that alloy will function in various design applications.
What is important is that the larger Organization understands them and understands that information is an asset and that information management is asset management.
That way, I may still live life alone, but in my world, everyone understands.
The attitude a cultural group has toward time, for example, is usually linked to its understanding of relationships, to its sense of personal identity, to how it understands hospitality, and so on.
Ma understands that in the new global economy, competitive advantage will go to those who capture the best thinking and best practice from around the world.