Simple Definition of apprehend
of police : to arrest (someone) for a crime : to catch (a criminal or suspect)
: to notice and understand (something)
Examples of apprehend
Within hours, police had apprehended the thief.
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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