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ap·pre·hen·sion

 (ăp′rĭ-hĕn′shən)
n.
1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread. See Synonyms at fear.
2. The act of seizing or capturing; arrest.
3. The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding.

[Middle English apprehencioun, perception, from Old French apprehension, from Late Latin apprehēnsiō, apprehēnsiōn-, from Latin apprehēnsus, past participle of apprehendere, to seize; see apprehend.]

apprehension

(ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən)
n
1. fear or anxiety over what may happen
2. (Law) the act of capturing or arresting
3. the faculty of comprehending; understanding
4. a notion or conception

ap•pre•hen•sion

(ˌæp rɪˈhɛn ʃən)

n.
1. suspicion or fear of future trouble; foreboding.
2. the faculty or act of understanding or perceiving.
3. a view, opinion, or idea on any subject.
4. the act of arresting; seizure.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Late Latin apprehēnsiō]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apprehension - fearful expectation or anticipationapprehension - fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
trepidation - a feeling of alarm or dread
boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment - a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding"; "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"
suspense - apprehension about what is going to happen
gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombreness - a feeling of melancholy apprehension
pall, chill - a sudden numbing dread
2.apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understandsapprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
knowing - a clear and certain mental apprehension
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"
self-knowledge - an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
smattering - a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
appreciation, grasp, hold - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
grasping - understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
hindsight - understanding the nature of an event after it has happened; "hindsight is always better than foresight"
brainstorm, brainwave, insight - the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
realization, realisation, recognition - coming to understand something clearly and distinctly; "a growing realization of the risk involved"; "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced"; "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases"
3.apprehension - painful expectationapprehension - painful expectation      
expectation, outlook, prospect - belief about (or mental picture of) the future
4.apprehension - the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)apprehension - the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
capture, gaining control, seizure - the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

apprehension

noun
2. arrest, catching, capture, taking, seizure information leading to the apprehension of the alleged killer
arrest release, liberation, discharge
3. awareness, understanding, knowledge, intelligence, ken, perception, grasp, comprehension the sudden apprehension of something
awareness incomprehension

apprehension

noun
1. Great agitation and anxiety caused by the expectation or the realization of danger:
Slang: cold feet.
Idiom: fear and trembling.
2. A seizing and holding by law:
Slang: bust, collar, pickup, pinch.
3. Intellectual hold:
Informal: savvy.
Translations
خَوففَـهْـم
chápáníobavaporozumění
ængstelseforståelsefrygt
huolipelko
aggódásfelfogás
ótti, kvíîiskilningur

apprehension

[ˌæprɪˈhenʃən] N
1. (= fear) → aprensión f, temor m
she was filled with apprehension at the prospectle invadía el temor ante esa perspectiva
my chief apprehension is thatmi mayor temor es que + subjun
2. (frm) (= awareness) → comprensión f
3. (frm) (= arrest) → detención f

apprehension

[ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən] n
(= arrest) [suspect, criminal, offender, murderer, culprit] → appréhension f
(= fear) [fact, risk] → inquiétude f
in apprehension → par crainte
to tremble with apprehension → trembler de crainte
She trembled with apprehension → Elle tremblait de crainte.

apprehension

n
(= fear)Besorgnis f, → Befürchtung f; a feeling of apprehensioneine dunkle Ahnung or Befürchtung; she felt a moment of apprehensionsie war einen Moment lang beklommen or voller Befürchtungen
(= arrest)Festnahme f
(old, form: = understanding) → Erkennen nt

apprehension

[ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃn] n
a. (fear) → apprensione f, inquietudine f
my chief apprehension is ... → la mia paura più grande è...
b. (arrest) → arresto

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
References in classic literature ?
Instead of their being "joined in affection" and free from all apprehension of different "interests," envy and jealousy would soon extinguish confidence and affection, and the partial interests of each confederacy, instead of the general interests of all America, would be the only objects of their policy and pursuits.
And this sense was so painful at first, the apprehension lest this helpless creature should suffer was so intense, that it prevented him from noticing the strange thrill of senseless joy and even pride that he had felt when the baby sneezed.
When he stepped upon the ground with his feet, I thought the earth trembled, just as it had done before in the earthquake, and all the air looked, to my apprehension, as if it had been filled with flashes of fire.
Suddenly he found himself confronted by a dreadful figure clad in a shroud, whose pallor and stony eyes smote him with a horrible apprehension.
To facilitate our correct apprehension of his meaning, he at first condensed his ideas into the smallest possible compass.
The slow days drifted on, and each left behind it a slightly lightened weight of apprehension.
Her mother first perceived the alteration in the shape of Molly; and in order to hide it from her neighbours, she foolishly clothed her in that sack which Sophia had sent her; though, indeed, that young lady had little apprehension that the poor woman would have been weak enough to let any of her daughters wear it in that form.
The mother played her accompaniments and at the same time watched her daughter with greedy admiration and nervous apprehension.
The first day had been, on the whole, as I have expressed, reassuring; but I was to see it wind up in keen apprehension.
The sky was bright and the wind fair, nor had we the least apprehension of the danger into which we were falling, but with the utmost carelessness and jollity held on our course.
It appears that Massachusetts found it necessary to raise troops for repressing the disorders within that State; that Pennsylvania, from the mere apprehension of commotions among a part of her citizens, has thought proper to have recourse to the same measure.
These are cases where the most useful intelligence may be obtained, if the persons possessing it can be relieved from apprehensions of discovery.