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

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

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

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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

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

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“Comprehend.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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