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comprehension

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noun com·pre·hen·sion \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-shən, -prē-\

Simple Definition of comprehension

  • : ability to understand

Full Definition of comprehension

  1. 1 a :  the act or action of grasping with the intellect :  understanding b :  knowledge gained by comprehending c :  the capacity for understanding fully <mysteries that are beyond our comprehension>

  2. 2 a :  the act or process of comprising b :  the faculty or capability of including :  comprehensiveness

  3. 3 :  connotation 3

Examples of comprehension

  1. The students showed excellent reading comprehension.

  2. <the president's comprehension of the current situation in the Middle East>



Origin of comprehension

Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin comprehension-, comprehensio, from comprehendere to understand, comprise


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with comprehension



COMPREHENSION Defined for Kids

comprehension

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noun com·pre·hen·sion \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-shən\

Definition of comprehension

  1. :  ability to understand <reading comprehension> <beyond comprehension>





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