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.




  • 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



    Alternative forms

    * understaund (obsolete)


  • (lb) To be aware of the meaning of.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:I understand not what you mean by this.
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  • To believe, based on information.
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  • * {{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:
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  • *(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 .


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


    * misunderstand

    Derived terms

    * I don’t understand * understandable * understanding * understood

    See also

    * explain * why