Definition of apprehend
Examples of apprehend in a Sentence
Within hours, police had apprehended the thief.
subtle differences that are difficult to apprehend
Recent Examples of apprehend from the Web
Telfair and Bowie left both scenes in a getaway car driven by Anthony Mark Surprise, 19, before they were apprehended by police a few hours later, authorities said.
He wasn't found until eight years later, when he was apprehended Dec. 22 outside Montreal, Canada.
Guzmán was apprehended about a week later in Mazatlán.
Merchant clarified and said police apprehended a suspect at Meijer, but he was released without charges after interviews with him and his girlfriend.
Immediately Cole swooped in and apprehended the man suspected of shoplifting four DVDs.
Soldiers apprehended Wattana last week and kept him in custody before he was handed over to police.
The accused, apprehended almost a week later, is a French national thought to have links to the Islamic State in Syria.
Between January and May of this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 118,383 individuals along the southwest U.S. border with Mexico, compared to 222,024 for the same period in 2016.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'apprehend'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
To apprehend is to seize, either physically or mentally. So to apprehend a thief is to nab him. But to apprehend a confusing news story, or to apprehend a difficult concept in physics, is to understand it—that is, to "grasp" it mentally. If you're apprehensive about something that's about to happen, it means you've grasped all the unpleasant possibilities and are waiting with anxiety or dread.
APPREHEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apprehend for English Language Learners
of police : to arrest (someone) for a crime : to catch (a criminal or suspect)
: to notice and understand (something)
APPREHEND Defined for Kids
Definition of apprehend for Students
Origin and Etymology of apprehend
Latin apprehendere to seize, arrest, from ad to + prehendere to seize
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up apprehend? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).