give (one) to understand

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give (one) to understand

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

Lead one to think, as in I was given to understand that the President was coming here. [Mid-1500s]
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References in classic literature ?
News in prison is a fruit so rare that I trust, Monsieur de Comminges, you will excuse my impatience -- the more eager since you have given us to understand that the news is good.
He had often spoken of THE SALOON; had taken in and lived upon the pictorial idea; had usually given us to understand, at home, that to form a just conception of it, it would be necessary to multiply the size and furniture of an ordinary drawing-room by seven, and then fall short of the reality.
She has given us to understand that they have had a whirlwind courtship, but they have known each other for several years and now villagers are saying that this romance must have been going on for some time.