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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.]
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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
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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]
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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apprehension

[ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃn] n
a. (fear) → apprensione f, inquietudine f
my chief apprehension is ... → la mia paura più grande è...
b. (arrest) → arresto
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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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It must increase your strength, riches, and trade; and by this union the whole island, being joined in affection and free from all apprehensions of different interest, will be ENABLED TO RESIST ALL ITS ENEMIES." "We most earnestly recommend to you calmness and unanimity in this great and weighty affair, that the union may be brought to a happy conclusion, being the only EFFECTUAL way to secure our present and future happiness, and disappoint the designs of our and your enemies, who will doubtless, on this occasion, USE THEIR UTMOST ENDEAVORS TO PREVENT OR DELAY THIS UNION."
These are cases where the most useful intelligence may be obtained, if the persons possessing it can be relieved from apprehensions of discovery.
- Very ill; frighted almost to death with the apprehensions of my sad condition - to be sick, and no help.
But despite the apprehensions I could not dispel, the horrible character imputed to these Typees appeared to be wholly undeserved.
My uncle was lost a few years ago on this same bar, and I am now going to lay my bones alongside of his." The partners sympathized in his apprehensions, and remonstrated with the captain.
We gave her chase, in hopes of being informed by the crew whether there were any Arabian vessels at the mouth of the strait; but the Moors, who all entertain dismal apprehensions of the Franks, plied their oars and sail with the utmost diligence, and as soon as they reached land, quitted their boat, and scoured to the mountains.
There was nothing cheerful and joyous in the feeling; on the contrary, it was a new torture of apprehension. It was the consciousness of a new sphere of liability to pain.
Suddenly he found himself confronted by a dreadful figure clad in a shroud, whose pallor and stony eyes smote him with a horrible apprehension.
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. She need have had no 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 postbag, that evening--it came late--contained a letter for me, which, however, in the hand of my employer, I found to be composed but of a few words enclosing another, addressed to himself, with a seal still unbroken.