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com·pre·hen·sion

 (kŏm′prĭ-hĕn′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding.
b. The knowledge that is acquired in this way.
2. Capacity to include; comprehensiveness.
3. Logic The sum of meanings and corresponding implications inherent in a term.

[Middle English comprehensioun, from Latin comprehēnsiō, comprehēnsiōn-, from comprehēnsus, past participle of comprehendere, to comprehend; see comprehend.]

comprehension

(ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən)
n
1. the act or capacity of understanding
2. the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
3. (Education) education an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding esp of a foreign language
4. (Logic) logic obsolete the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation

com•pre•hen•sion

(ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of comprehending.
2. the state of being comprehended.
3. capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas.
4. perception or understanding: mature comprehension of a difficult subject.
5. inclusion.
6. comprehensiveness.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin comprehēnsiō=comprehēnd(ere) to comprehend + -tiō -tion]

comprehension

understanding
1. 'comprehension'

Both comprehension and understanding can be used to talk about someone's ability to understand something.

He noted Bond's apparent lack of comprehension.
The problems of solar navigation seem beyond comprehension.
A very narrow subject would have become too highly technical for general understanding.
2. 'understanding'

If you have an understanding of something, you have some knowledge of it, or you know how it works or what it means.

The past decade has seen huge advances in our general understanding of how the ear works.
The job requires an understanding of Spanish.

You cannot use comprehension with this meaning.

Understanding has another meaning. If there is understanding between people, they are friendly towards each other and trust each other.

What we need is greater understanding between management and workers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comprehension - an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how you can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"
discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
incomprehension - an inability to understand; "his incomprehension of the consequences"
2.comprehension - the relation of comprising something; "he admired the inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work"
involvement - a connection of inclusion or containment; "he escaped involvement in the accident"; "there was additional involvement of the liver and spleen"

comprehension

comprehension

noun
Intellectual hold:
Informal: savvy.
Translations
إِدْراكفَهْم
porozumění
forståelse
ymmärtäminen
shvaćanje
skilningur
理解
이해
razumevanje
förståelse
ความเข้าใจ
anlamakavrama
sự hiểu

comprehension

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhenʃən]
A. N
1. (= understanding) → comprensión f
it is beyond comprehensiones incomprensible
2. (Scol) (= exercise) → prueba f de comprensión
B. CPD comprehension test Ntest m de comprensión

comprehension

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən] n
(= understanding) → compréhension f
to be beyond comprehension → dépasser la compréhension, dépasser l'entendement

comprehension

n
(= understanding)Verständnis nt; (= ability to understand)Begriffsvermögen nt; that is beyond my comprehensiondas übersteigt mein Begriffsvermögen; (behaviour)das ist mir unbegreiflich
(= inclusion)Aufnahme f
(= school exercise)Fragen plzum Textverständnis

comprehension

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃn] n (understanding) → comprensione f (Scol) → esercizio di comprensione

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.

comprehension

إِدْراك porozumění forståelse Begriffsvermögen κατανόηση comprensión ymmärtäminen compréhension shvaćanje comprensione 理解 이해 begrip oppfatning zrozumienie compreensão понимание förståelse ความเข้าใจ anlama sự hiểu 理解

com·pre·hen·sion

n. comprensión.
References in classic literature ?
There was a man, there was a woman,' he seemed to say, and he stood up to the task of comprehension with the delight of an artist in his art.
Perhaps, in Jerry's brain, the rising into the foreground of consciousness of an image of a log awash connoted more intimate and fuller comprehension of the thing being thought about, than did the word "crocodile," and its accompanying image, in the foreground of a human's consciousness.
She wished, by a gentle remonstrance, to remind Isabella of her situation, and make her aware of this double unkindness; but for remonstrance, either opportunity or comprehension was always against her.
He gave me a Southern smile and shrug of comprehension, as one acquainted with affairs of the heart,--which was a relief after the cockney tramp's impudent expression of, no doubt, a precisely similar sentiment.

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