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apprehend

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verb ap·pre·hend \ˌa-pri-ˈhend\

Simple Definition of apprehend

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

  • : to notice and understand (something)

Full Definition of apprehend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  arrest, seize <apprehend a thief>

  3. 2 a :  to become aware of :  perceive b :  to anticipate especially with anxiety, dread, or fear

  4. 3 :  to grasp with the understanding :  recognize the meaning of

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  understand, grasp

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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