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ap·pre·hend

 (ăp′rĭ-hĕnd′)
v. ap·pre·hend·ed, ap·pre·hend·ing, ap·pre·hends
v.tr.
1. To take into custody; arrest: apprehended the murderer.
2. To grasp mentally; understand: "Science is the systematic method by which we apprehend what is true about the real world in which we live" (Richard Dawkins). See Synonyms at understand.
3. To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive: "She began to look with her own eyes; to see and to apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life" (Kate Chopin).
4. Archaic To anticipate with worry or dread.
v.intr.
To understand something.

[Middle English apprehenden, from Old French apprehender, from Latin apprehendere, to seize : ad-, ad- + prehendere, to grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

ap′pre·hend′er n.

apprehend

(ˌæprɪˈhɛnd)
vb
1. (Law) (tr) to arrest and escort into custody; seize
2. to perceive or grasp mentally; understand
3. (tr) to await with fear or anxiety; dread
[C14: from Latin apprehendere to lay hold of]

ap•pre•hend

(ˌæp rɪˈhɛnd)

v.t.
1. to take into custody; arrest by legal warrant or authority: The police apprehended the burglars.
2. to grasp the meaning of; understand, esp. intuitively; perceive.
3. to expect with anxiety, suspicion, or fear; anticipate: apprehending violence.
v.i.
4. to understand: To apprehend was to forgive.
5. to be apprehensive, suspicious, or fearful; fear.
[1350–1400; < Latin apprehendere to grasp = ap-1 + prehendere to seize]
ap`pre•hend′er, n.

apprehend


Past participle: apprehended
Gerund: apprehending

Imperative
apprehend
apprehend
Present
I apprehend
you apprehend
he/she/it apprehends
we apprehend
you apprehend
they apprehend
Preterite
I apprehended
you apprehended
he/she/it apprehended
we apprehended
you apprehended
they apprehended
Present Continuous
I am apprehending
you are apprehending
he/she/it is apprehending
we are apprehending
you are apprehending
they are apprehending
Present Perfect
I have apprehended
you have apprehended
he/she/it has apprehended
we have apprehended
you have apprehended
they have apprehended
Past Continuous
I was apprehending
you were apprehending
he/she/it was apprehending
we were apprehending
you were apprehending
they were apprehending
Past Perfect
I had apprehended
you had apprehended
he/she/it had apprehended
we had apprehended
you had apprehended
they had apprehended
Future
I will apprehend
you will apprehend
he/she/it will apprehend
we will apprehend
you will apprehend
they will apprehend
Future Perfect
I will have apprehended
you will have apprehended
he/she/it will have apprehended
we will have apprehended
you will have apprehended
they will have apprehended
Future Continuous
I will be apprehending
you will be apprehending
he/she/it will be apprehending
we will be apprehending
you will be apprehending
they will be apprehending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been apprehending
you have been apprehending
he/she/it has been apprehending
we have been apprehending
you have been apprehending
they have been apprehending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been apprehending
you will have been apprehending
he/she/it will have been apprehending
we will have been apprehending
you will have been apprehending
they will have been apprehending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been apprehending
you had been apprehending
he/she/it had been apprehending
we had been apprehending
you had been apprehending
they had been apprehending
Conditional
I would apprehend
you would apprehend
he/she/it would apprehend
we would apprehend
you would apprehend
they would apprehend
Past Conditional
I would have apprehended
you would have apprehended
he/she/it would have apprehended
we would have apprehended
you would have apprehended
they would have apprehended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.apprehend - get the meaning of somethingapprehend - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
figure - understand; "He didn't figure her"
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, twig, latch on, tumble - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
intuit - know or grasp by intuition or feeling
digest - arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot digest all this information"
2.apprehend - take into custodyapprehend - take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
clutch, prehend, seize - take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
3.apprehend - anticipate with dread or anxietyapprehend - anticipate with dread or anxiety  
look for, look to, anticipate - be excited or anxious about

apprehend

verb
1. arrest, catch, lift (slang), nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), capture, seize, run in (slang), take, nail (informal), bust (informal), collar (informal), pinch (informal), nab (informal), take prisoner, feel your collar (slang) Police have not apprehended her killer.
arrest free, release, discharge, liberate, let go
2. understand, know, think, believe, imagine, realize, recognize, appreciate, perceive, grasp, conceive, comprehend, get the message, get the picture Only now can I begin to apprehend the power of these forces.
understand miss, misunderstand, be unaware of, be unconscious of, be at cross-purposes, misapprehend, misconceive, get your lines crossed

apprehend

verb
1. To take into custody as a prisoner:
Informal: nab, pick up.
Slang: bust, collar, pinch, run in.
2. To perceive directly with the intellect:
Scots: ken.
3. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Chiefly British: twig.
Scots: ken.
4. To be intuitively aware of:
Idioms: feel in one's bones, get vibrations.
Translations
يَعْتَقِل، يُلْقي القَبْض عَلىيَفْهَم
chápatporozumětzatknout
anholdearrestereforståpågribe
skiljataka til fanga
areštuotibūgštavimasnerimaujantissu nerimusulaikyti
aizturētapjēgtarestētsaprast

apprehend

[ˌæprɪˈhend] (frm) VT
1. (= arrest) → detener, aprehender
2. (= understand) → comprender
3. (= fear) → recelar, recelar de

apprehend

[ˌæprɪˈhɛnd] vt
[+ suspect, criminal, offender, murderer, culprit] → appréhender, arrêter
(= understand) [+ fact, power] → comprendre, saisir
(= fear) → appréhender

apprehend

vt
(= arrest)festnehmen
(old, form: = understand) → verstehen
(form: = anticipate) → befürchten

apprehend

[ˌæprɪˈhɛnd] vt (frm) (arrest) → arrestare; (understand) → comprendere

apprehend

(apriˈhend) verb
1. to arrest. The police apprehended the thief.
2. to understand.
ˌappreˈhension (-ʃən) noun
1. fear.
2. understanding.
ˌappreˈhensive (-siv) adjective
anxious; worried. an apprehensive expression.
ˌappreˈhensively adverb
ˌappreˈhensiveness noun
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The people look for great things from you, apprehending that another year may come about and find their pastor gone.
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Indeed, the infirmity of Wamba's brain consisted chiefly in a kind of impatient irritability, which suffered him not long to remain quiet in any posture, or adhere to any certain train of ideas, although he was for a few minutes alert enough in performing any immediate task, or in apprehending any immediate topic.
As I was the nearest, and by consequence the most exposed, an order was immediately issued out for apprehending me, it being thought a good expedient to seize me, and force me to build a citadel, into which they might retreat if they should happen to meet with a defeat.
True, the planks were not so closely adjusted but that a hasty peep might be obtained through their interstices; but the strict decorum and rigid propriety of the inhabitants of the house left no grounds for apprehending that advantage would be taken of that circumstance.
They agree with me in apprehending that this false step in one daughter will be injurious to the fortunes of all the others; for who, as Lady Catherine herself condescendingly says, will connect themselves with such a family?
There was no municipal police for the purpose of apprehending vagrants and disorderly characters.
I know not why she should choose to make herself and her family uneasy by apprehending an event which no one but herself, I can affirm, would ever have thought possible.
At such times as this, apprehending the grounds of her refusal to be her modest sense of incompetence in matters social and polite, he would say that she was wonderfully well-informed and versatile--which was certainly true, her natural quickness, and her admiration for him, having led her to pick up his vocabulary, his accent, and fragments of his knowledge, to a surprising extent.
Adroitly D'Arnot led the conversation from point to point until the policeman had explained to the interested Tarzan many of the methods in vogue for apprehending and identifying criminals.
Aramis's early visit, from that moment, seemed to possess consequences, which a functionary such as he (Baisemeaux) was, was perfectly justified in apprehending.