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Definition of the verb apprehend

What does apprehend mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: apprehended | apprehending | apprehends

  1. get the meaning of something
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition]I understand the problem
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition] as [Predicate]I understood it as a joke
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, arbitrary control with -ing]I understand wanting more
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, how-extraction]I understand how she did it
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, possessive with -ing]I understand their wanting more minutes
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause]I understand that he is a good doctor
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, to be]I understand him to be a good doctor
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, wh-complement clause]I understand why we should help them
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, wh-infinitive clause]I understand how to do it
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, what-extraction]I understand what we should do

      Verbs of Comprehending (with the same syntax): comprehend, fathom, follow, grasp, understand.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of apprehend: compass / comprehend / dig / get the picture / grasp / grok / savvy
    • more generic word: understand = know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
    • more specific terms:
  2. take into custody
  3. anticipate with dread or anxiety

Alternative definition of the verb apprehend

verb

  1. [transitive, archaic] To take or seize; to take hold of.
  2. Hence: [transitive] To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
  3. [transitive] To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.
  4. [transitive] To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
  5. [intransitive] To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
  6. [intransitive] To be apprehensive; to fear.

Definition of the verb apprehend for high school students

    to seize, arrest
    • example: The criminal was apprehended at the scene.
    to perceive, understand, grasp
    • example: The student has trouble apprehending concepts in math and science.

The verb apprehend is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for apprehend

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Google previewA popular dictionary of parochial law & taxation (1834)

and of the duties of parish offficers alphabetically arranged : comprising assessed taxes; poor and church rares; highway rates;... and generally all information likely to be serviceable to parochial authorities or sought for by parishioners and rate-payers by John Henry Brady, James N. Mahon

To apprehend, and carry before a magistrate, every person wandering abroad, and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building. To apprehend, and carry before a magistrate, every person exposing to view in ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1887)

APPREHEND. (See also Arrest ; Warrant.)— To take hold off, whether with the mind, and so to conceive, believe, fear, dread; or actually and bodily, and so to take a person on a criminal process ; to seize ; to arrest.1 APPRENTICES.— 1.

Google previewThe Readable Dictionary (1860)

by John Williams (of Lancaster, O.)

Apprehend, l. '0 seize; as, to up a sudden and violent efl'ort clasping with ...

Google previewVines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

by W.E Vine, Rev Terry Kulakowski, Editor

to apprehend”; (a), “to seize upon, take possession of,” (1) with a beneficial effect, as of “laying hold” of the righteousness which is of faith, Rom. 9:30 (not there a matter of attainment, as in ...

Google previewA Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers (2013)

by Daniel B. Wallace, Brittany C. Burnette, Terri Darby Moore

О 24 grief, sorrow, affliction иоёш 30 ° 46 to perceive, apprehend, understand, gain an insight into ôEvXoÄía, ñ 17 ° 17 irritability, ...

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

APPREHEND 1. katalambano (2638) properly signifies “to lay hold of”; then, “to lay hold of so as to possess as one's own, to appropriate.” Hence it has the same twofold meaning as the Eng. “to apprehend”; (a), “to seize upon, take possession ...

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Usage statistics about apprehend

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb apprehend:

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Apprehend Meaning

Video shows what apprehend means. To take or seize; to take hold of.. To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest.. To take hold of with the ...

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Quotes about apprehend

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. (Alfred North Whitehead)
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Scrabble value of A1P3P3R1E1H4E1N1D2

The value of this 9-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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