Question by  bvo (16)

What is the etymology of the word "understand"?


Answer by  patti (29325)

The origins of the word date to prior to the year 900. The word comes from Middle English "understanden," which evolved from Old English "understonden" and the Dutch "onderstaan. "


Answer by  Phil97 (569)

The origin of the word, understand, is not clear. Understand comes from under (<*nter, among, between) and stand (<*sta, to stand) and originally means "to stand in the midst of. "

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