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Ascertain vs. Apprehend — What's the Difference?

Ascertain vs. Apprehend — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Ascertain and Apprehend

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Ascertain

To discover with certainty, as through examination or experimentation.
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Apprehend

To take into custody; arrest
Apprehended the murderer.
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Ascertain

(Archaic) To make certain, definite, and precise.
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Apprehend

To grasp mentally; understand
"Science is the systematic method by which we apprehend what is true about the real world in which we live" (Richard Dawkins).
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Ascertain

To find out definitely; to discover or establish.
As soon as we ascertain what the situation is, we can plan how to proceed.
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Apprehend

To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive
"She began to look with her own eyes.
To see and to apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life" (Kate Chopin).
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Ascertain

(obsolete) To make (someone) certain or confident about something; to inform.
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Apprehend

(Archaic) To anticipate with worry or dread.
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Ascertain

(archaic) To establish, to prove.
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Apprehend

To understand something.
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Ascertain

(archaic) To ensure or effect.
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Apprehend

(transitive)
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Ascertain

To render (a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to make confident; to assure; to apprise.
When the blessed Virgin was so ascertained.
Muncer assured them that the design was approved of by Heaven, and that the Almighty had in a dream ascertained him of its effects.
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Apprehend

To be or become aware of (something); to perceive.
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Ascertain

To make (a thing) certain to the mind; to free from obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to determine.
The divine law . . . ascertaineth the truth.
The very deferring [of his execution] shall increase and ascertain the condemnation.
The ministry, in order to ascertain a majority . . . persuaded the queen to create twelve new peers.
The mildness and precision of their laws ascertained the rule and measure of taxation.
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Apprehend

To acknowledge the existence of (something); to recognize.
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Ascertain

To find out or learn for a certainty, by trial, examination, or experiment; to get to know; as, to ascertain the weight of a commodity, or the purity of a metal.
He was there only for the purpose of ascertaining whether a descent on England was practicable.
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Apprehend

To take hold of (something) with understanding; to conceive (something) in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand.
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Ascertain

After a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study;
Find the product of two numbers
The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize
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Apprehend

To have a conception of (something); to consider, to regard.
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Ascertain

Be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something;
He verified that the valves were closed
See that the curtains are closed
Control the quality of the product
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Apprehend

To anticipate (something, usually unpleasant); especially, to anticipate (something) with anxiety, dread, or fear; to dread, to fear.
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Ascertain

Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort;
I want to see whether she speaks French
See whether it works
Find out if he speaks Russian
Check whether the train leaves on time
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Apprehend

To seize or take (something); to take hold of.
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Ascertain

Learn or discover with certainty
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Apprehend

(law enforcement) To seize or take (a person) by legal process; to arrest.
Officers apprehended the suspect two streets away from the bank.
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Apprehend

(obsolete)
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Apprehend

(intransitive)
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Apprehend

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

To understand.
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Apprehend

To be apprehensive; to fear.
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Apprehend

To take or seize; to take hold of.
We have two hands to apprehend it.
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Apprehend

Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
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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.
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.
The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended them.
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Apprehend

To know or learn with certainty.
G. You are too much distrustful of my truth.E. Then you must give me leave to apprehendThe means and manner how.
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Apprehend

To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
The opposition had more reason than the king to apprehend violence.
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Apprehend

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

To be apprehensive; to fear.
It is worse to apprehend than to suffer.
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Apprehend

Get the meaning of something;
Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?
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Apprehend

Take into custody;
The police nabbed the suspected criminals
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Apprehend

Anticipate with dread or anxiety
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