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apprehend

verb ap·pre·hend \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
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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
APPREHENDING Defined for Kids

apprehend

verb ap·pre·hend \ˌa-pri-ˈhend\
ap·pre·hend·edap·pre·hend·ing

Definition of APPREHEND for Kids

1
:  1arrest 1 <Police apprehended the burglar.>
2
:  to look forward to with fear and uncertainty <… there was no need of all this caution from the enemies that I apprehended danger from. — Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe>
3
:  understand 1 <apprehend the meaning>

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