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com·pre·hend

comprehend

 
 
pronunciation:
kam pr hend
grammatical pattern:
verb + that clause, verb + WH clause
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: comprehends, comprehending, comprehended
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.[verb + that clause ] She tried to comprehend how this terrible thing could have happened to her.[verb + WH clause ]
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
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derivation: comprehendible (adj.)
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