apprehend


ap·pre·hend

verb \ˌa-pri-ˈhend\

of police : to arrest (someone) for a crime : to catch (a criminal or suspect)

: to notice and understand (something)

Full Definition of APPREHEND

transitive verb
1
:  arrest, seize <apprehend a thief>
2
a :  to become aware of :  perceive
b :  to anticipate especially with anxiety, dread, or fear
3
:  to grasp with the understanding :  recognize the meaning of
intransitive verb

Examples of APPREHEND

  1. Within hours, police had apprehended the thief.
  2. subtle differences that are difficult to apprehend

Origin of APPREHEND

Middle English, from Latin apprehendere, literally, to seize, from ad- + prehendere to seize — more at get
First Known Use: 15th century

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