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com·pre·hend

 (kŏm′prĭ-hĕnd′)
tr.v. com·pre·hend·ed, com·pre·hend·ing, com·pre·hends
1. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp. See Synonyms at understand.
2. To have as part of something larger; encompass or include. See Synonyms at include.

[Middle English comprehenden, from Latin comprehendere : com-, com- + prehendere, to grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

com′pre·hend′i·ble adj.
com′pre·hend′ing·ly adv.

comprehend

(ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnd)
vb
1. to perceive or understand
2. (tr) to comprise or embrace; include
[C14: from Latin comprehendere, from prehendere to seize]

com•pre•hend

(ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛnd)

v.t.
1. to understand the nature or meaning of; grasp with the mind; perceive.
2. to take in or embrace; include; comprise.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin comprehendere=com- com- + prehendere to grasp; see prehensile]
com`pre•hend′i•ble, adj.
syn: See include.

comprehend


Past participle: comprehended
Gerund: comprehending

Imperative
comprehend
comprehend
Present
I comprehend
you comprehend
he/she/it comprehends
we comprehend
you comprehend
they comprehend
Preterite
I comprehended
you comprehended
he/she/it comprehended
we comprehended
you comprehended
they comprehended
Present Continuous
I am comprehending
you are comprehending
he/she/it is comprehending
we are comprehending
you are comprehending
they are comprehending
Present Perfect
I have comprehended
you have comprehended
he/she/it has comprehended
we have comprehended
you have comprehended
they have comprehended
Past Continuous
I was comprehending
you were comprehending
he/she/it was comprehending
we were comprehending
you were comprehending
they were comprehending
Past Perfect
I had comprehended
you had comprehended
he/she/it had comprehended
we had comprehended
you had comprehended
they had comprehended
Future
I will comprehend
you will comprehend
he/she/it will comprehend
we will comprehend
you will comprehend
they will comprehend
Future Perfect
I will have comprehended
you will have comprehended
he/she/it will have comprehended
we will have comprehended
you will have comprehended
they will have comprehended
Future Continuous
I will be comprehending
you will be comprehending
he/she/it will be comprehending
we will be comprehending
you will be comprehending
they will be comprehending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been comprehending
you have been comprehending
he/she/it has been comprehending
we have been comprehending
you have been comprehending
they have been comprehending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been comprehending
you will have been comprehending
he/she/it will have been comprehending
we will have been comprehending
you will have been comprehending
they will have been comprehending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been comprehending
you had been comprehending
he/she/it had been comprehending
we had been comprehending
you had been comprehending
they had been comprehending
Conditional
I would comprehend
you would comprehend
he/she/it would comprehend
we would comprehend
you would comprehend
they would comprehend
Past Conditional
I would have comprehended
you would have comprehended
he/she/it would have comprehended
we would have comprehended
you would have comprehended
they would have comprehended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.comprehend - get the meaning of somethingcomprehend - 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.comprehend - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
sense, feel - perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles; "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt the heat when she got out of the car"
apperceive - perceive in terms of a past experience
receive, pick up - register (perceptual input); "pick up a signal"
divine - perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers
hallucinate - perceive what is not there; have illusions
misperceive - perceive incorrectly
catch, pick up - perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse"
dream - experience while sleeping; "She claims to never dream"; "He dreamt a strange scene"
ache, hurt, suffer - feel physical pain; "Were you hurting after the accident?"
smell - inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
touch - perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
sight, spy - catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"
hear - perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
taste - perceive by the sense of taste; "Can you taste the garlic?"
find - perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
see through - perceive the true nature of; "We could see through her apparent calm"
3.comprehend - include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"
deal, plow, handle, treat, cover, address - act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"

comprehend

verb understand, see, take in, perceive, grasp, conceive, make out, discern, assimilate, see the light, fathom, apprehend, get the hang of (informal), get the picture, know I just cannot comprehend your attitude.
understand mistake, misunderstand, misinterpret, misconstrue, get (it) wrong, miss the point of, get the wrong end of the stick, be at cross-purposes, misapprehend, misconceive, get your lines crossed

comprehend

verb
1. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Chiefly British: twig.
Scots: ken.
2. To perceive directly with the intellect:
Scots: ken.
Translations
يَشْمَليَفْهَم
chápatobsahovatzahrnovat
fatteforståomfatte
fela í sérskilja
apimtiaprėptibendrojo lavinimo mokyklasugebėjimas suprastisuprantamas
aptvertietvertsaprast

comprehend

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhend]
A. VT
1. (= understand) → comprender, entender
2. (= include) → comprender, abarcar
B. VIcomprender

comprehend

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnd] vtcomprendre

comprehend

vt
(= understand)begreifen, verstehen
(= include)enthalten, umfassen, einschließen

comprehend

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnd] vtcapire, comprendere

comprehend

(kompriˈhend) verb
1. to understand.
2. to include.
ˌcompreˈhensible adjective
capable of being understood.
ˌcompreˈhension (-ʃən) noun
the act or power of understanding. After reading the passage the teacher asked questions to test the children's comprehension.
ˈcompreˈhensive (-siv) adjective
including many things. The school curriculum is very comprehensive.
ˌcompreˈhensively adverb
ˌcompreˈhensiveness noun
comprehensive school
one that provides education for children of all abilities.
References in classic literature ?
Tom and Ned found it difficult to comprehend all the rapid Spanish spoken by their host, but they managed to understand some, and his eloquent gestures made up the rest.
The scout, while making his remarks, was busied in collecting certain necessary implements; as he concluded, he moved silently by the group of travelers, accompanied by the Mohicans, who seemed to comprehend his intentions with instinctive readiness, when the whole three disappeared in succession, seeming to vanish against the dark face of a perpendicular rock that rose to the height of a few yards, within as many feet of the water's edge.
Phoebe was on the point of retreating, but turned back, with some hesitation; for she did not exactly comprehend his manner, although, on better observation, its feature seemed rather to be lack of ceremony than any approach to offensive rudeness.
Children, too young to comprehend wherefore this woman should be shut out from the sphere of human charities, would creep nigh enough to behold her plying her needle at the cottage-window, or standing in the doorway, or labouring in her little garden, or coming forth along the pathway that led townward, and, discerning the scarlet letter on her breast, would scamper off with a strange contagious fear.
But to comprehend it aright, you must know something of the curious internal structure of the thing operated upon.
Singular as it may seem, Jurgis was making a desperate effort to understand what the senator was saying--to comprehend the extent of American prosperity, the enormous expansion of American commerce, and the Republic's future in the Pacific and in South America, and wherever else the oppressed were groaning.
It cost some effort of our senator to induce him to comprehend the case fully; and while he is doing his best at that, we shall give him a little introduction to our readers.
I began to comprehend what its inhabitants were about.
He couldn't comprehend it; couldn't take it in; couldn't in any remote way conceive of it.
I can comprehend why he was able to understand that particular sentence, because by mere accident all the words in it except "get" have the same sound and the same meaning in German that they have in English; but how he managed to understand Mr.
I think you must know Hartfield enough to comprehend that.
Most unwilling was she to awaken from such a dream of felicity to comprehend all the unhappy truths which attended the affair; and for some time she refused to submit to them.