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comprehend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of comprehend

  1. 1 to have a clear idea of the age at which children can comprehend the difference between right and wrong Synonyms of comprehend appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understand Words Related to comprehend absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierce Phrases pick up on Near Antonyms of comprehend misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstand Antonyms of comprehend miss

  2. 2 to have a practical understanding of it took me a while to comprehend algebra Synonyms of comprehend know, grasp, understandWords Related to comprehend appreciate, apprehend, cognize, fathom, follow, ken [chiefly Scottish], perceive, savvy; have, possess; catch on (to), pick upNear Antonyms of comprehend misapprehend, misconceive, misinterpret, misknow, misperceive, misunderstand

  3. 3 to have as part of a whole our notion of morality should comprehend much more than proper sexual behavior Synonyms of comprehend carry, include, contain, embrace, encompass, entail, involve, number, subsume, take inWords Related to comprehend comprise, consist (of); bracket; have, hold, own, possess; admit, receive; compose, constitute, form, make; assimilate, embody, incorporate, integrateNear Antonyms of comprehend ban, bar, debar, preclude, prevent, prohibit; deny, refuse, reject; eliminate, except, rule out; lose, mislay, misplaceAntonyms of comprehend exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

Synonym Discussion of comprehend

understand, comprehend, appreciate mean to have a clear or complete idea of. understand and comprehend are very often interchangeable. understand may, however, stress the fact of having attained a firm mental grasp of something.
    • orders that were fully understood and promptly obeyed
comprehend may stress the process of coming to grips with something intellectually.
    • I have trouble comprehending your reasons for doing this
appreciate implies a just evaluation or judgment of a thing's value or nature.
    • failed to appreciate the risks involved


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