# Evaluate vs Understand - What's the difference?

evaluate | understand |

## As verbs the difference between evaluate and understand

is that evaluate is to draw conclusions from examining; to assess while understand is (lb) to be aware of the meaning of.

# evaluate

## English

### Verb

(evaluat)
• to draw conclusions from examining; to assess
• It will take several years to evaluate the material gathered in the survey.
• (mathematics) to compute or determine the value of (an expression)
• Evaluate this polynomial.
• To return or have a specific value.
• * 2006 , Lev Sabinin, Larissa Sbitneva, Ivan Shestakov, Non-Associative Algebra and Its Applications , CRC Press (ISBN 9780824726690), page 201
• Since element (15.1) evaluates' to an element of the center in any alternative algebra, (15.1) has to ' evaluate to a scalar multiple of the identity element of the Cayley-Dickson algebra.
• * 2007 , James E. Gentle, Matrix Algebra: Theory, Computations, and Applications in Statistics , Springer Science & Business Media (ISBN 9780387708720), page 165
• In one type of such an integral, the integrand is only the probability density function, and the integral evaluates to a probability, which of course is a scalar.

#### Derived terms

* evaluator * evaluatee

# understand

## English

### Alternative forms

* understaund (obsolete)

### Verb

• (lb) To be aware of the meaning of.
• :
• :
• *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
• *:I understand not what you mean by this.
• *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author= Sam Leith
• , volume=189, issue=1, page=37, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where the profound meets the profane , passage=Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths.}}
• To believe, based on information.
• :
• * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
• , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=‘I understand that the district was considered a sort of sanctuary,’ the Chief was saying. ‘An Alsatia like the ancient one behind the Strand, or the Saffron Hill before the First World War.
• To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.
• :
• :In this sense, the word is usually used in the past participle:
• ::
• *(John Locke) (1632-1705)
• *:The most learned interpreters understood the words of sin, and not of Abel.
• *
• *:Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
• To stand under; to support.
• :(Shakespeare)
• #### Usage notes

* Common objects of this verb include text'', ''word(s)'', ''sentence(s)'', ''note(s) , etc. * Rarely, the obsolete past tense form understanded'' may be found, e.g. in the ''Book of Common Prayer'' and ''Thirty-nine Articles of the Anglican Church .

#### Synonyms

* (to know the meaning) apprehend, comprehend, grasp, know, perceive, pick up what someone is putting down, realise, grok * (to believe) believe

#### Antonyms

* misunderstand

#### Derived terms

* I donâ€™t understand * understandable * understanding * understood