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apprehend

ap·pre·hend

apprehend

 
 
pronunciation:
ae prih hend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: apprehended, apprehending, apprehends
definition 1: to catch and place under arrest.
The police apprehended the suspects.
synonyms:
arrest, bust, collar, nab
similar words:
capture, detain, haul, nail, pinch, seize
definition 2: to understand the meaning of, esp. immediately or without logical thought.
In an instant, she apprehended the situation and what it would mean for her future.He suddenly apprehended that he was being framed for a crime he hadn't committed.
synonyms:
grasp, intuit, sense
antonyms:
misapprehend
similar words:
catch, comprehend, divine, fathom, feel, perceive, read, recognize, savvy, see, seize, understand
definition 3: to be anxious or fearful about (a future event).
He apprehended these changes and wished he could prevent them.
synonyms:
dread, fear
similar words:
anticipate, forebode
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to understand.
synonyms:
intuit, see, understand
similar words:
know, read
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