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

I don't understand (it)

I'm confused or puzzled (by something). I don't understand why Tom would make such a ridiculous statement. Honey, I just don't understand—why are you so upset? I don't understand it, but yes, Sue is selling her beautiful house.
See also: understand

I can't understand (it)

I'm confused or puzzled (by something). I can't understand why Tom would make such a ridiculous statement. I can't understand it, but yes, Sue is selling her beautiful house.
See also: 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

what part of no don't you understand?

I mean no, and that’s that. This flat denial dates from the late 1900s. It gained currency with a popular song, “What part of no don’t you understand? To put it plain and simple I’m not into one-night stands” (recorded by country music singer Lorrie Morgan, 1992; lyrics by Wayne Perry and Gerald Smith). Also see won't take no for an answer.
See also: no, of, part, what
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