Synonyms & Antonyms of comprehend

1 to have a clear idea of
  • the age at which children can comprehend the difference between right and wrong

Synonyms for comprehend

Words Related to comprehend

Phrases Synonymous with comprehend

Near Antonyms for comprehend

Antonyms for comprehend

2 to have a practical understanding of
  • it took me a while to comprehend algebra

Synonyms for comprehend

Words Related to comprehend

Near Antonyms for comprehend

3 to have as part of a whole
  • our notion of morality should comprehend much more than proper sexual behavior

Synonyms for comprehend

Words Related to comprehend

Near Antonyms for comprehend

Antonyms for comprehend

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About comprehend

How is the word comprehend distinct from other similar verbs?

The words appreciate and understand are common synonyms of comprehend. While all three words mean "to have a clear or complete idea of," comprehend may stress the process of coming to grips with something intellectually.

I have trouble comprehending your reasons for doing this

When is it sensible to use appreciate instead of comprehend?

While the synonyms appreciate and comprehend are close in meaning, appreciate implies a just evaluation or judgment of a thing's value or nature.

failed to appreciate the risks involved

How are the words understand and comprehend related?

Both understand and comprehend are very often interchangeable, with understand sometimes stressing the fact of having attained a firm mental grasp of something.

orders that were fully understood and promptly obeyed

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about comprehend

Time Traveler for comprehend

Time Traveler

The first known use of comprehend was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Comprehend.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on comprehend

Dictionary: Definition of comprehend

Nglish: Translation of comprehend for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of comprehend for Arabic Speakers

Comments on comprehend

What made you want to look up comprehend? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!