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apprehension

ap·pre·hen·sion

apprehension

 
pronunciation:
ae pr hen shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: fear about what may happen.
The thought of meeting the bully on the playground filled him with apprehension.
synonyms:
alarm, anxiety, apprehensiveness, dread, fear, misgiving, nervousness
antonyms:
confidence
similar words:
care, concern, the creeps, worry
definition 2: the act of understanding without studying.
He has little apprehension of how plants grow.
synonyms:
feeling, intuition, perception
similar words:
comprehension, grasp, insight, realization, sense, understanding
definition 3: the act of catching and arresting.
The apprehension of the suspect took place this morning.
synonyms:
arrest
similar words:
capture, detainment, detention, seizure
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