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as far as I understand (it)

Based on what I know or have come to understand. As far as I understand it, they want this part of the project by Wednesday. She's supposed to be coming back to work on Thursday, as far as I understand.
See also: far, understand

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 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

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

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
References in classic literature ?
"Are you quite certain you understand the languages of both the Gillikins and the Munchkins?"
"Then how is it that I seem to understand them myself?" inquired the Scarecrow.
The effects of a word that we understand are always mnemic phenomena in the sense explained in Lecture IV, in so far as they are identical with, or similar to, the effects which the object itself might have.
To understand the function that words perform in what is called "thinking," we must understand both the causes and the effects of their occurrence.
When we understand a word, there is a reciprocal association between it and the images of what it "means." Images may cause us to use words which mean them, and these words, heard or read, may in turn cause the appropriate images.
If a word has the right associations with other objects, we shall be able to use it correctly, and understand its use by others, even if it evokes no image.
Don't you understand that if you stay here they will treat you--"
I want you clearly to understand how I am placed, supposing a distinguished member of my household--supposing even you, Prince Maiyo--were to come within the arm of the law.
I understand that your cruiser in Southampton Harbor is always under steam.
"My dear friend," he said, and his voice had softened almost to affection, "you do not quite understand. You look upon the things which may come from your point of view and not from mine.
The sharing of the data, knowledge and functional views ensures that each functional group understands the operational situation and its role in improving it.
Once a CT understands what drives the costs from the market perspective, then it can look to see if an unimportant requirement is driving up costs.
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.
saying a computer understands X would retract that statement once he or