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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Examples of apprehension in a sentence
The thought of moving to a new city fills me with apprehension.
an increased number of apprehensions
Did You Know?
The Latin verb prehendere really grabs our attention. It means "to grasp" or "to seize," and it is an ancestor of various English words. It teamed up with the prefix ad- (which takes the form ap- before p and means "to," "toward," or "near") to form apprehendere, the Latin predecessor of our words apprehension, apprehend, and apprehensive. When prehendere joined the prefix com- ("with," "together," "jointly"), Latin got comprehendere, and English eventually got comprehend, comprehension, and comprehensive. Prehendere also gave us the words comprise, prehensile ("adapted for seizing or grasping"), prison, reprehend, and reprise, among others.
Origin and Etymology of apprehension
Middle English, from Late Latin apprehension-, apprehensio, from Latin apprehendere —see apprehend
First Known Use: 14th century
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