4.20.2005

State of Mind, in three words

  1. Understand
    Function: verb
    Inflected Form(s): un·der·stood; -stand·ing
    transitive senses
    1 a : to grasp the meaning of: understand Russian; b : to grasp the reasonableness of: his behavior is hard to understand; c : to have thorough or technical acquaintance with or expertness in the practice of: understand finance; d : to be thoroughly familiar with the character and propensities of: understands children;
    2 : to accept as a fact or truth or regard as plausible without utter certainty: we understand that he is returning from abroad;
    3 : to interpret in one of a number of possible ways
    4 : to supply in thought as though expressed: "to be married" is commonly understood after the word engaged;
    intransitive senses
    1 : to have understanding : have the power of comprehension
    2 : to achieve a grasp of the nature, significance, or explanation of something
    3 : to believe or infer something to be the case
    4 : to show a sympathetic or tolerant attitude toward something
    - un·der·stand·abil·i·ty / noun
    - un·der·stand·able / adjective
    synonyms UNDERSTAND, COMPREHEND, APPRECIATE mean to have a clear or complete idea of. UNDERSTAND and COMPREHEND are very often interchangeable. UNDERSTAND may, however, stress the fact of having attained a firm mental grasp of something: orders that were fully understood and promptly obeyed. COMPREHEND may stress the process of coming to grips with something intellectually: I have trouble comprehending your reasons for doing this. APPRECIATE implies a just evaluation or judgment of a thing's value or nature: failed to appreciate the risks involved.

  2. Reconcile
    Function: verb
    Inflected Form(s): -ciled; -cil·ing
    transitive senses
    1 a : to restore to friendship or harmony: reconciled the factions; b : SETTLE, RESOLVE: reconcile differences;
    2 : to make consistent or congruous: reconcile an ideal with reality;
    3 : to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant: was reconciled to hardship;
    4 a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy b : to account for
    intransitive senses : to become reconciled
    synonym see ADAPT
    - rec·on·cil·abil·i·ty / noun
    - rec·on·cil·able / adjective
    - rec·on·cile·ment / noun
    - rec·on·cil·er noun

  3. Reinvent
    Function: transitive verb
    1 : to make as if for the first time something already invented: reinvent the wheel;
    2 : to remake or redo completely
    3 : to bring into use again
    - re·in·ven·tion / noun

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