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come to an understanding

To reach an agreement or compromise (with someone else). With the way they're arguing, I think it'll be a while before they're able come to an understanding.
See also: come, to, understanding

come to an understanding with (one)

To reach an agreement or compromise with one. Considering how they're arguing, I think it'll be a while before Aunt Jean is able to come to an understanding with Uncle Ed.
See also: come, to, understanding

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.
See also: on, that, 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.
See also: reach, 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.
See also: foggy, understanding
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come to an understanding

(with someone) Go to reach an understanding with someone.
See also: come, to, understanding

reach an understanding with someone

 and 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.
See also: reach, understanding
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: on, understanding
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n. the feet. (Old. A pun. Always singular.) The boy has a good understanding. Majorly big gunboats, in fact.
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This is an important period and experience for the formation of the variety of understandings of being Irish and/or Scots-Irish.
Rather, they are participants in the world actively taking part in the construction of their own unique understandings of their world (Gubrium & Holstein; Patton).
This inquiry, a classroom action research case study, investigated an innovative strategy created for the purpose of inspiring the development of student understandings and insights on the realities of a change-based environment.
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Taking account of the divergent understandings of God in our own sacred text may make us more open to encountering the understandings of religious others.
Mary Boys: We have made a lot of progress, but we can't say "it's all over, it's finished, we know how to redefine Christianity." So much of Christianity has been premised on a distorted notion of Judaism that, as we untangle those distortions, we are really forced to come to new understandings that are much more complex.
That "something less" likely includes oral understandings. In the case of an oral understanding or other agreement, other indicia of pre-distribution negotiations, analyses, discussions, and statements of intention, if sufficient in substance and materiality, and communicated directly (or indirectly through intermediaries) to the other party, should warrant a finding of a plan.
We need to develop shared understandings and mechanisms of communication.
One implication of Tribble's use of reader-response theory is that Renaissance authors were themselves quite aware how readers would bring their own contexts and understandings to their readings, and she demonstrates how authors then attempted to control those understandings.
It would simply function as the exchange of perspectives and sharing of understandings which it ideally is meant to be.
Ann Dominick and Faye Clark offer examples of how games are used as a strategy to explicate children's understandings of mathematical ideas.
In response to these challenges, teachers look for ways to help their students develop better understandings. They strive to explain clearly.
Data fell into the following six emergent dimensions of constructivist/inquiry-based dialogue: 1) awareness and sensitivity to context 2) empowering and give voice 3) finding commonalities and building on diversity of understandings present 4) dynamic feedback processes guiding change 5) learning serving development of coherent frameworks to guide decision-making and 6) constructing a caring and interdependent sense of community.
Attention to social structuring is not a matter of reactionary revival; it will contribute to new understandings of the past and of the emergence of contemporary systems.
Librarians play an important role in encouraging students to go beyond the information they collect to create their own understandings. In the presentation stage, students should be expected to go beyond basic documentation of telling what they have located and where it was found to presenting their own narrative about what they learned.