comprehend

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v comprehend get the meaning of something "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    • v comprehend to become aware of through the senses "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
    • v comprehend include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds","this should cover everyone in the group"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Comprehend To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire. "Who hath . . . comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure."
    • Comprehend To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply. "Comprehended all in this one word, Discretion.""And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying."
    • Comprehend To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand. "At a loss to comprehend the question.""Great things doeth he, which we can not comprehend ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • comprehend To take in, include, or embrace within a certain scope; include. To include within a certain extent of space or time: as, New England comprehends six States; the most notable events were comprehended in the last ten years of the century.
    • comprehend To include within limits of any kind; especially, to include in the constitution or nature.
    • comprehend To include in meaning or in logical scope.
    • comprehend To take into the mind; grasp by the understanding; possess or have in idea; understand the force, nature, or character of; conceive; know sufficiently for a given purpose; specifically, to understand in one of the higher degrees of completeness: as, to comprehend an allusion, a word, or a person.
    • comprehend To take together; sum up.
    • comprehend Synonyms To contain.
    • comprehend Apprehend, Comprehend (see apprehend), discern, perceive, see, catch.
    • comprehend To take hold; take root; take.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Comprehend kom-pre-hend′ to seize or take up with the mind, to understand: to comprise or include
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Quotations

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    “Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend must have a long head or a very short creed.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery!”
  • Robertson Davies
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    “The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
  • St. Bernard
    St. Bernard
    “I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.”
  • Charles Dudley Warner
    Charles Dudley Warner
    “It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. comprehendere, comprehensum,; com-, + prehendere, to grasp, seize; prae, before + hendere,used only in comp.). See Get, and cf. Comprise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. comprehendĕre, to seize.

Usage

In literature:

He seemed to comprehend what was required of him.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
About the senorita, his mistress, he heard some words pass between Uraga and Roblez, but without comprehending their signification.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Somehow, in a way that Darius comprehended not, Mr Shushions had saved them.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
And the old people, unhappily, suspect that this boy, whose theory they do not comprehend, is master of their theory.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
For some time we could not make her comprehend what we wanted.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is only a knowledge of that which can enable us in any way to comprehend his dealings with man.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
His eager glance, and the sudden lighting up of his eye, showed that he fully comprehended the state of affairs.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
I had learned enough seamanship by this time fully to comprehend what Mr Henley meant.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Do you comprehend me, Mr Simple?
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Although he fully comprehended its fearful significance, he did not lose his self-command.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
After receiving many such attentions from him, she fancied she comprehended his motive.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
How shall they see them to be true, or comprehend them?
"Aurelian" by William Ware
I admired his continual prayer without being able to comprehend it.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
She had thoroughly comprehended the passion of his nature in the outburst she had seen.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Troth, I don't comprehend one word of this.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Moral influence, assisted by occasional deprivation of food or liberty, comprehended the agency he employed.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
So fortified, so flattered, Dick Darke cannot comprehend why Miss Armstrong has not at once surrendered to him.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I could comprehend the sufferings of Tantalus.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Perhaps you will not comprehend.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
That the Gentiles can't comprehend; since their eyes have not been opened by the Revelation.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

They are fully comprehended
Through the instinct, every one,
And need no labored searching
In a massive lexicon.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
Of one in sun and shade the same,
In weal and woe my steady friend,
Whatever by that holy name
The angels comprehend.
"My Thanks," by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Wouldst thou,"--so the helmsman answered,
"Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!"
"By The Seaside : The Secret Of The Sea" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The men who put round parts
did not comprehend the work.
They shipped hands to those who wanted eyes,
eyes to those with no need to see.
"The Office of Parts" by Raymond Queneau
For if no angel, fiend, or man,
Can comprehend the mystic plan —
If the whole world cannot divine,
Or clearly ken his least design —
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
Comprehending beyond good and evil
opens the way to perfect skill.
Experiencing the dissolution of duality,
you embrace the highest view.
"Response To A Logician" by Jetsun Milarepa

In news:

But those who were there to witness her quarterfinal run couldn't comprehend what they were seeing.
Prior to shooting, Gitonga wanted to understand the story behind Nairobi's crime culture and to fully comprehend the situation he spent time with real-life gangsters .
Much of the population can't even comprehend the annual earnings of some of today's entertainers.
During Wednesday's meeting, the board unanimously adopted a statement encouraging educators to ensure students can write legibly in cursive and comprehend text written in cursive.
Robbie Rogers took a telephone call last week and could barely comprehend the news.
It's difficult to comprehend what a keyless keyboard looks like -- or why anyone would want one, unless they like playing memory games -- but it is a step towards virtual keyboards .
It's generally known that patients don't comprehend or remember 80-90% of what doctors tell them when they are with them.
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Neighbors were trying to comprehend it all on Friday morning, while standing at the end of their driveways a few hundred feet from a fire-gutted residence that a family had called "home" only a few hours earlier.
Whatever Claire did in Camilla is one issue, and it is disgraceful and beyond comprehending.
When the news came this week, not many residents of Colorado Springs heard about it or comprehended its meaning.
"I'm still in shock," says Handy Pernando, a 23-year-old who emerged from the showing trying to comprehend what he had just seen.
Neighbors were trying to comprehend it all on Friday morning, while standing at the end of their driveways a few hundred feet from a fire-gutted residence that a family had called "home" only a few hours earlier.
Some individuals may never retire because they love their work and can't comprehend stopping until they can no longer physically or mentally accomplish their tasks.
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In science:

We suggest that there is a relationship between how complex a computational algorithm is and intelligence, in terms of how much intelligence is required to either design or comprehend a particular algorithm.
Efficiency Theory: a Unifying Theory for Information, Computation and Intelligence
Hence, due to the splitting, the counterexample is always complete in our sense and the corresponding trace is easy to comprehend from initial location to error location.
Black-Box Verification for GUI Applications
Since GUI code is written in many ways, a static analysis technique must be tailored to comprehend the behavior of each GUI toolkit.
Black-Box Verification for GUI Applications
General principle A data warehouse often contains vast amounts of information that is difficult for a new user to comprehend. It is necessary to employ a personalization mechanism to assist users.
User Profile-Driven Data Warehouse Summary for Adaptive OLAP Queries
But this argument is subtle and difficult to comprehend.
Mathematics Is Imprecise
Newton’s calculus) as a side effect of their struggles to comprehend the universe.
Multivector Solutions to the Hyper-Holomorphic Massive Dirac Equation
It is essential, therefore, to analyze the evolution of a fireball in order to comprehend the observed features of γ -ray bursts.
Fireballs and Gamma-Ray Bursts
Such an unusual fact concerning matrix eigenvalues should be comprehended in the framework of a certain random matrix theory, and the relation (9) can be proven by random matrix methods .
Generalized Ohm's law
This can be comprehended as a result of constructive quantum interference between different tra jectories traversing the barrier.
Generalized Ohm's law
D0) On the non-perturbative QCD front, as we heard from Del Duca 17 , quite remarkable progress has been made in trying to comprehend the vast amount of new data on diffraction, presented at this workshop.
Theoretical Summary
We are just beginning to explore and comprehend the new information on QCD from diffractive phenomena at high energies.
QCD: Challenges for the Future
Competence is the “knowledge” of a human language possessed by its users (e.g., as formalized in a grammar), while performance refers to how this knowledge is used to produce and comprehend utterances.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
It is well-known that center embedded constructions such as (1b) are more difficult to comprehend than corresponding right embedded constructions (1a). (The prefix ‘# ’ indicates the example is difficult or impossible to comprehend).
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
It is sometimes claimed that sub ject complement clauses such as (6) are easier to comprehend than corresponding sub ject relatives (Stabler, 1994).
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
We see that all terms of those rotational strengths that depends on the crystal structure are comprehended in the formula for the complex rotatory power (33) and consequentially in the formulae (34) and (35) for ORD and CD.
The Revised Quantum Mechanical Theory of the Optical Activity of Crystals
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