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apprehension

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1 suspicion or fear of future harm or misfortune
  • The hikers entered the dark cave with a great deal of apprehension.
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2 the act of taking into one's control by authority of law
  • Apprehension of the burglar set the neighborhood at ease.
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3 an uneasy state of mind usually over the possibility of an anticipated misfortune or trouble
  • We felt a great deal of apprehension about the trip and about arriving safely.
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4 the knowledge gained from the process of coming to know or understand something
  • a good apprehension of how computer systems work
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