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Apprehend vs. Comprehend

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  • Apprehend (verb)

    To take or seize; to take hold of.

  • Apprehend (verb)

    To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest.

    "to apprehend a criminal."

  • Apprehend (verb)

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

  • Apprehend (verb)

    To anticipate; especially, to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.

  • Apprehend (verb)

    To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.

  • Apprehend (verb)

    To be apprehensive; to fear.

  • Comprehend (verb)

    To include, comprise; to contain. from 14th c.

  • Comprehend (verb)

    To understand or grasp fully and thoroughly. from 14th c.

Wiktionary
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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Apprehend

    To take or seize; to take hold of.

  • Apprehend

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

  • Apprehend

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

  • Apprehend

    To know or learn with certainty.

  • Apprehend

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

  • Apprehend (verb)

    To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.

  • Apprehend (verb)

    To be apprehensive; to fear.

  • Comprehend

    To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire.

  • Comprehend

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

  • Comprehend

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

Webster Dictionary
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  • Apprehend (verb)

    get the meaning of something;

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

  • Apprehend (verb)

    take into custody;

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

  • Apprehend (verb)

    anticipate with dread or anxiety

  • Comprehend (verb)

    get the meaning of something;

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

  • Comprehend (verb)

    to become aware of through the senses;

    "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

  • Comprehend (verb)

    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"

Princeton's WordNet
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