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comprehend

com·pre·hend

comprehend

 
 
pronunciation:
kam pr hend
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: comprehended, comprehending, comprehends
definition 1: to understand or grasp the meaning of.
I've read this paragraph many times, but I still can't comprehend it.No one comprehended the importance of this event at the time.
synonyms:
apperceive, apprehend, catch, compass, get, grasp, perceive, realize, see, understand
antonyms:
misunderstand
similar words:
conceive, discern, fathom, follow, intuit, know, penetrate, savvy, seize, sense
definition 2: mentally or emotionally come to terms with or make logical sense of; grasp the reality of or reasons behind.
Who can comprehend such destruction?He still could not comprehend that his wife was dead and that she was not coming home.She tried to comprehend how this terrible thing could have happened to her.
synonyms:
fathom, grasp
similar words:
accept, understand
definition 3: to include.
The engineering profession comprehends many disciplines.
synonyms:
contain, embrace, encompass, include
antonyms:
exclude
similar words:
cover, embody, subsume
derivation: comprehendible (adj.)
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The word comprehend contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
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pris, -prise, prehens, -prehend Latin root that means take, grasp