Essential Meaning of apprehension
1 : fear that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen : a feeling of being worried about the future The thought of moving to a new city fills me with apprehension. There is growing apprehension [=fear] that profits will be lower than expected. He has apprehensions [=misgivings] about the surgery.
2 : the act of arresting someone for a crime the sheriff's apprehension of the criminal = the criminal's apprehension by the sheriff an increased number of apprehensions
3 somewhat old-fashioned : the act of noticing and understanding something the apprehension [=perception] of danger
Full Definition of apprehension
1 : suspicion or fear especially of future evil : foreboding an atmosphere of nervous apprehension
2 : seizure by legal process : arrest apprehension of a criminal
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