verb com·pre·hend \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhend, -prē-\

: to understand (something, such as a difficult or complex subject)

Full Definition of COMPREHEND

transitive verb
:  to grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of <unable to comprehend what has happened>
:  to contain or hold within a total scope, significance, or amount <philosophy's scope comprehends the truth of everything which man may understand — H. O. Taylor>
:  to include by construction or implication <does not prudence comprehend all the virtues? — Thomas B. Silver>
com·pre·hend·ible \-ˈhen-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of COMPREHEND

  1. <the age at which children can comprehend the difference between right and wrong>
  2. <it took me a while to comprehend algebra>


Middle English, from Anglo-French comprendre, comprehendre, from Latin comprehendere, from com- + prehendere to grasp — more at get
First Known Use: 14th century


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