Complete Definition of "apprehend"

English

Etymology
From OF. apprehender (French: appréhender), from L. apprehendere.

Pronunciation
IPA: WEAE /æ.pɹiËhÉnd/

Transitive verb
rfc-trverb|Transitive verb
en-verb

  1. (Archaic) To take or seize; to take hold of.

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

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

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

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

Translations

Finnish: pidättää (2), tajuta (3), ymmärtää (3)
French: appréhender (2,3,4)

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

Usage notes
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.<BR><small>(material dates from 1913)</small>

Intransitive verb
en-verb

  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.

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