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VERB (3)

1. get the meaning of something;
- Example: "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
[syn: grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend]

2. take into custody;
- Example: "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
[syn: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop]

3. anticipate with dread or anxiety;
[syn: apprehend, quail at]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Apprehend \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] [1913 Webster] We have two hands to apprehend it. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended them. --Gladstone. [1913 Webster] 4. To know or learn with certainty. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear. [1913 Webster] The opposition had more reason than the king to apprehend violence. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Apprehend \Ap`pre*hend"\, v. i. 1. To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose. [1913 Webster] 2. To be apprehensive; to fear. [1913 Webster] It is worse to apprehend than to suffer. --Rowe. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

apprehend v 1: get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?" [syn: grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend] 2: take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals" [syn: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop] 3: anticipate with dread or anxiety [syn: apprehend, quail at]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

111 Moby Thesaurus words for "apprehend": absorb, accept, anticipate, appreciate, arrest, assimilate, be acquainted with, be afraid, be apprised of, be aware of, be cognizant of, be conscious of, be conversant with, be informed, be sensible of, be with one, bode, bust, capture, catch, catch on, cognize, collar, compass, comprehend, conceive, conceptualize, cotton to, croak, detain, dig, digest, discern, divine, dread, experience, eye askance, fathom, fear, feel, follow, forebode, foreknow, forewarn, get, get hold of, get the drift, get the idea, get the picture, grab, grasp, have, have a premonition, have a presentiment, have information about, have it taped, have knowledge of, have qualms, hear, ken, know, learn, look black, lower, make an arrest, make out, master, menace, misgive, nab, net, penetrate, perceive, pick up, pinch, portend, possess, preapprehend, prehend, prevision, pull in, put under arrest, read, realize, recognize, respond, respond to stimuli, run in, savvy, see, seize, seize the meaning, sense, sit upon thorns, smell, stand aghast, take, take captive, take in, take into custody, take prisoner, taste, threaten, touch, tumble to, twig, understand, visualize, warn, wot, wot of