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Entender vs. Comprender

What's the difference in entender and comprender?

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Old March 29, 2009, 10:23 PM
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On principle, they're synonyms (both meaning "to understand"), but do you have any specific examples where you would perceive a different use?
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Both entender and comprender can mean the same thing - to understand, to grasp the meaning. When they mean the same thing, they are interchangeable.

Both verbs have other meanings that are different. When used to mean those other things, the two are not interchangeable.
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What's the difference in entender and comprender?
First, I would like to know this: Do you know the difference in English of the words understand and comprehend?
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First, I would like to know this: Do you know the difference in English of the words understand and comprehend?
Does the difference between the two English words you state here parallel the difference between the two given Spanish terms?
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Old March 30, 2009, 12:05 PM
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@Lou Ann: it's a similar difference between both sets in English and Spanish.
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Does the difference between the two English words you state here parallel the difference between the two given Spanish terms?
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First, I would like to know this: Do you know the difference in English of the words understand and comprehend?
Comprehend is more like "i get it" on a basic level of understanding and understand is a deeper understanding of a larger idea?
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From www.yourdictionary.com:

comprehend
  1. to grasp mentally; understand
  2. to include; take in; comprise
understand
  1. to get or perceive the meaning of; know or grasp what is meant by; comprehend
  2. to gather or assume from what is heard, known, etc.; infer
  3. to take as meant or meaning; interpret
  4. to take for granted or as a fact
  5. to supply mentally (an idea, word, etc.), as for grammatical completeness
  6. to get as information; learn
  7. to know thoroughly; grasp or perceive clearly and fully the nature, character, functioning, etc. of
  8. to have a sympathetic rapport with
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It is only comprehendible that you understood that. :-)

(I know, I know with an s) but...
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