understander


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understander

(ˌʌndəˈstændə)
n
1. a person who understands
2. archaic an object on which a person stands
3. (Theatre) archaic a person who stands on the ground or floor, esp in a theatre
4. poetic a backer or supporter
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"It is enough that God understands me, wife," replied Sancho; "for he is the understander of all things; that will do; but mind, sister, you must look to Dapple carefully for the next three days, so that he may be fit to take arms; double his feed, and see to the pack-saddle and other harness, for it is not to a wedding we are bound, but to go round the world, and play at give and take with giants and dragons and monsters, and hear hissings and roarings and bellowings and howlings; and even all this would be lavender, if we had not to reckon with Yanguesans and enchanted Moors."
The man Sam Allardyce said was "not a great understander of football" has just collected another award for Everton.
Our director of marketing is not a great understander of football and how football works because he is into marketing."
"The managing director of marketing clearly is not a great understander of football because he is into marketing, branding and market research.
In his epilogue, Stanev describes the prologues and inductions to Jonson's plays that seek out a playgoer who is an "understander"--that is, "a discerning, sensibly-perceptive individual" (183).
My nephew-in-law Mike is not exactly a Trump supporter, but he is a Trump "understander," and his cogent and well-reasoned assessments of what the President was doing for small business could often be heard in the living room.
Too thin to justify a book on its own, the essay comes with a preface by Lars Holger Holm--a profound understander of the philosopher's life-work--that makes the paperback a very good value.
For example, while arguing that contemporary poetry was too interior and detached from public affairs, MacLeish disparaged poets who recapitulated the Victorian type of "the quaint Bohemian, the understander of women, the young man with the girl's eyes" (62).
Following Buber's (1958) belief in, need for, the "Thou," I listened, attempting to build the bridges of understanding where I could position myself as an understander (Anzaldua, 2002), rather than one who is dismissive.
German guilt over World War II damage inflicted on Moscow, he claims, has resulted in a state of "permanent victimhood status" for Putin's Russia and the rise of the "Russland versteher," or "Russia understander," in German vernacular and consciousness.
"Integrational Semantics: An Understander's Theory of Meaning in Context." Contemporary Perceptions of Language.
In previous work, Jonson had often sought to distinguish between different kinds of readers: for example, in Catiline His Conspiracy, he distinguished between "the Reader in Ordinary" and "the Reader Extraordinary," and in The Alchemist he distinguished between the "understander," who is literally "more" than a reader, and the "pretender," who seems to have come by the play secondhand, without having legitimate access to it.