Definitions for: Comprehend


[v] get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
[v] to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
[v] include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com`pre*hend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Comprehended;
p. pr. & vb. n. Comprehending.] [L. comprehendere,
comprehensum; com- + prehendere to grasp, seize; prae before
+ hendere (used only in comp.). See Get, and cf.
Comprise.]
1. To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states
comprehended in the Austrian Empire.

Who hath . . . comprehended the dust of the earth in
a measure. --Is. xl. 12.

2. To take in or include by construction or implication; to
comprise; to imply.

Comprehended all in this one word, Discretion.
--Hobbes.

And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly
comprehended in this saying. --Rom. xiii.
9.

3. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to
apprehend the meaning of; to understand.

At a loss to comprehend the question. --W. Irwing.

Great things doeth he, which we can not comprehend.
--Job. xxxvii.
5.

Syn: To contain; include; embrace; comprise; inclose; grasp;
embody; involve; imply; apprehend; imagine; conceive;
understand. See Apprehend.

Synonyms: apprehend, compass, cover, dig, embrace, encompass, get the picture, grasp, perceive, savvy

See Also: ache, apperceive, catch, catch on, cotton on, digest, divine, dream, feel, figure, find, get it, get onto, hallucinate, hear, hurt, include, intuit, latch on, listen, misperceive, pick up, receive, see, see through, sense, sight, smell, suffer, taste, touch, tumble, twig, understand

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