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Synonyms for fathom
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fathom, fthm(noun)

    a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth


  2. fathom, fthm(verb)

    (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore


  3. penetrate, fathom, bottom(verb)

    come to understand

    click, imbue, riddle, dawn, infiltrate, permeate, perforate, diffuse, sink in, penetrate, come home, get through, bottom, fall into place, sound, pervade, get across, interpenetrate

  4. fathom, sound(verb)

    measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

    sound, vocalise, penetrate, voice, vocalize, bottom, go


  1. fathom(verb)

    puzzle out, fathom out, figure out, work out

  2. fathom(verb)

    To encircle with outstretched arms, especially to take a measurement; to embrace.

    puzzle out, work out, fathom out, figure out

  3. fathom(verb)

    To measure the depth of, take a sounding of.

    work out, figure out, puzzle out, fathom out

  4. fathom(verb)

    To get to the bottom of; to manage to comprehend (a problem etc.).

    I can't for the life of me fathom what this means.

    puzzle out, fathom out, work out, figure out

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fathom

    gauge, pierce, measure, sound, probe

    survey, glance, scan, overlook, miss, graze, skim

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fathom(n.)

    six feet, two yards

  2. fathom(v. a.)

    sound, try the depth of, measure by a sounding-line

  3. fathom(v. a.)

    divine, penetrate, reach, understand, comprehend

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  1. Kelly Incandela:

    At first I was heartbroken... then I got angry, i can't fathom the idea that someone can use an innocent child whom they've never met and who is going through a very hard time, how they can use that to benefit themselves.

  2. Teacher Jason Seaman:

    I can't really fathom how someone I have not personally met would do such an act of kindness and how the Noblesville community has been so generous in its response to it.

  3. Judith Penney:

    As I’m older now, I can’t even fathom why Lorraine let me stay there, lots of times I think about, ‘Why did I do this? Why did I screw up my life like this?’ Sometimes I get angry thinking about it, how so much was taken away from me.

  4. Keondra White Facebook -RRB- White:

    It was just pure disgust, something you can’t fathom seeing that.

  5. Phil Robertson:

    Arakan Army's hard to fathom that a government and its military could actually commit crimes against humanity against two different ethnic groups -- the Rohingya and Rakhine State -- in one province but somehow Myanmar has managed to do it, and now they need to be held accountable for it.

Translations for fathom

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  • سبر الغورArabic
  • клафтер, проумявам, фатом, разбирамBulgarian
  • comprendre, sondejar, braça, abraçarCatalan, Valencian
  • sáh, proniknout, porozumět do hloubkyCzech
  • fatte, favn, begribeDanish
  • Klafter, verstehen, umarmen, Faden, ergründen, loten, ausloten, begreifen, sondierenGerman
  • ahondar, abrazar, comprender, braza, profundizar, sondar, sondearSpanish
  • süldEstonian
  • syli, syleillä, luodata, käsittääFinnish
  • favnurFaroese
  • saisir, comprendre, brasseFrench
  • brazaGalician
  • थाह लेनाHindi
  • kitalál, megért, öl, átölel, rájönHungarian
  • comprendere, braccio, capireItalian
  • hiroJapanese
  • ჩასწვდება, სწვდებაGeorgian
  • aronui, mārō, whangangaMāori
  • depaMalay
  • vademDutch
  • favnNorwegian
  • sążeńPolish
  • sondar, compreender, braçaPortuguese
  • înțelege, apuca, braț, pătrunde, îmbrățișa, măsura, sonda, fathomRomanian
  • расследовать, морская сажень, постигать, обхватить, понимать, измерять, делать промер лотом, выяснять, осознавать, фатом, исследовать, фадом, разузнаватьRussian
  • tr=vyamaSanskrit
  • хват, hvatSerbo-Croatian
  • siahaSlovak
  • objeti, izmeriti, dognati, seženjSlovene
  • omfamna, famna om, loda, famnSwedish
  • ஆழத்தைTamil
  • kulaçTurkish
  • 捉摸Chinese

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