Definitions for: Apprehend


[v] get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
[v] take into custody, as of suspected criminals, by the police
[v] anticipate with dread or anxiety



Webster (1913) Definition: Ap`pre*hend" ([a^]p`pr[-e]*h[e^]nd"), v. t. [imp. &
p. p. Apprehended; p. pr. & vb. n. Apprehending.] [L.
apprehendere; ad + prehendere to lay hold of, seize; prae
before + -hendere (used only in comp.); akin to Gr.
chanda`nein to hold, contain, and E. get: cf. F.
appr['e]hender. See Prehensile, Get.]
1. To take or seize; to take hold of. [Archaic]

We have two hands to apprehend it. --Jer. Taylor.

2. Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to
arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.

3. To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to
conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to
understand; to recognize; to consider.

This suspicion of Earl Reimund, though at first but
a buzz, soon got a sting in the king's head, and he
violently apprehended it. --Fuller.

The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended
them. --Gladstone.

4. To know or learn with certainty. [Obs.]

G. You are too much distrustful of my truth. E. Then
you must give me leave to apprehend The means and
manner how. --Beau. & Fl.

5. To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or
fear; to fear.

The opposition had more reason than the king to
apprehend violence. --Macaulay.

Syn: To catch; seize; arrest; detain; capture; conceive;
understand; imagine; believe; fear; dread.

Usage: To Apprehend, Comprehend. These words come into
comparison as describing acts of the mind. Apprehend
denotes the laying hold of a thing mentally, so as to
understand it clearly, at least in part. Comprehend
denotes the embracing or understanding it in all its
compass and extent. We may apprehended many truths
which we do not comprehend. The very idea of God
supposes that he may be apprehended, though not
comprehended, by rational beings. ``We may apprehended
much of Shakespeare's aim and intention in the
character of Hamlet or King Lear; but few will claim
that they have comprehended all that is embraced in
these characters.'' --Trench.


Ap`pre*hend", v. i.
1. To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to
suppose.

2. To be apprehensive; to fear.

It is worse to apprehend than to suffer. --Rowe.

Synonyms: arrest, collar, compass, comprehend, cop, dig, get the picture, grasp, nab, nail, pick up, quail at, savvy

See Also: anticipate, catch on, clutch, cotton on, digest, dread, fear, figure, get it, get onto, intuit, latch on, look for, look to, prehend, seize, tumble, twig, understand

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