comprehension

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

Definition of comprehension

  1. 1a :  the act or action of grasping with the intellect :  understanding children who have difficulty with comprehension of spoken language What the artist actually needs is comprehension of his aims and ideals by men he respects … — H. L. Menckenb :  knowledge gained by comprehending tests that measure the students' comprehension in math She carried on with full comprehension of the risk involved.c :  the capacity for understanding fully mysteries that are beyond our comprehension The war caused suffering beyond comprehension.

  2. 2a :  the act or process of comprising the comprehension of all the denominations into one Churchb :  the faculty or capability of including :  comprehensiveness the broad comprehension of the word "animal"

  3. 3 :  connotation 3

Examples of comprehension in a sentence

  1. The students showed excellent reading comprehension.

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

Origin and Etymology of comprehension

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


First Known Use: 15th century



COMPREHENSION Defined for English Language Learners

comprehension

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

Definition of comprehension for English Language Learners

  • : ability to understand


COMPREHENSION Defined for Kids

comprehension

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

Definition of comprehension for Students

  1. :  ability to understand reading comprehension beyond comprehension



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