English version

know/understand what it means to be something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishknow/understand what it means to be somethingknow/understand what it means to be somethingUNDERSTANDto have experienced a particular situation, so that you know what it is like I know what it means to be alone in a foreign country. mean
Examples from the Corpus
know/understand what it means to be somethingIf you are overweight, then you know what it means to be in emotional pain.
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