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on the understanding that
Dependent on agreement to a specific named condition. I'm willing to lend you the money, on the understanding that it will be repaid with interest. His parents agreed to pay for his college tuition, on the understanding that he would pursue a career in medicine.
come to an understanding with (someone)
To reach an agreement or compromise with someone. With the way they're arguing, I think it'll be awhile before they're able come to an understanding.
reach an understanding
To achieve some state of mutual agreement (with someone) about something, especially after a period of discussion, debate, negotiation, etc. I've reached an understanding with my ex-wife about how we'll handle raising the kids. We've tried to be diplomatic with the other party during these negotiations, but we're finding it possible to reach an understanding.
the foggiest understanding
A basic, vague, or rudimentary understanding (about something). Often used in negative constructions. Do you have the foggiest understanding of how much this mistake is going to cost the company? Even though I could speak a little Japanese, I didn't have the foggiest understanding what the woman was talking about.
come to an understanding
(with someone) Go to reach an understanding with someone.
reach an understanding with someoneand come to an understanding (with someone)
to achieve a settlement or an agreement with someone. I hope we are able to reach an understanding with the commissioners. We were able to reach an understanding with Tony.
on the underˈstanding that...(formal) used to introduce a condition that must be agreed before something else can happen: They agreed to the changes on the understanding that they would be introduced gradually.
n. the feet. (Old. A pun. Always singular.) The boy has a good understanding. Majorly big gunboats, in fact.