Definition of comprehension
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.
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 : connotation 3
Examples of comprehension in a sentence
The students showed excellent reading comprehension.
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
Definition of comprehension for English Language Learners
: ability to understand
COMPREHENSION Defined for Kids
Definition of comprehension for Students
: ability to understand reading comprehension beyond comprehension
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