• WordNet 3.6
    • v apprehend get the meaning of something "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    • v apprehend take into custody "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    • v apprehend anticipate with dread or anxiety
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apprehend Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
    • Apprehend To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear. "The opposition had more reason than the king to apprehend violence."
    • Apprehend To be apprehensive; to fear. "It is worse to apprehend than to suffer."
    • Apprehend To know or learn with certainty. "G. You are too much distrustful of my truth.E. Then you must give me leave to apprehend The means and manner how."
    • Apprehend To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider. "This suspicion of Earl Reimund, though at first but a buzz, soon got a sting in the king's head, and he violently apprehended it.""The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended them."
    • Apprehend To take or seize; to take hold of. "We have two hands to apprehend it."
    • Apprehend To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apprehend To lay hold of; seize upon; take possession of.
    • apprehend To take into custody; make prisoner; arrest by legal warrant or authority.
    • apprehend To take into the mind; seize or grasp mentally; take cognizance of. To perceive; learn by the senses.
    • apprehend To imagine, especially an object of desire or dread; form a concrete conception of: frequently opposed to comprehend or attend.
    • apprehend To understand; take an intelligent view of.
    • apprehend To anticipate; expect; especially, to entertain suspicion or fear of.
    • apprehend To hold in opinion; be of opinion concerning. See extract.
    • apprehend Synonyms To catch, arrest, capture.
    • apprehend Apprehend, Comprehend; to conceive, perceive, see, know. “We apprehend many truths which we do not comprehend. The great mystery, for instance, of the Holy Trinity—we lay hold upon it (ad prehendo), we hang upon it, our souls live by it; but we do not take it all in, we do not comprehend it. It belongs to the idea of God that he may be apprehended though not comprehended by his reasonable creatures; he has made them to know him, though not to know him all, to apprehend though not to comprehend him.” Trench.
    • apprehend To fear, dread, anticipate (with fear).
    • apprehend To imagine; form a concrete conception of anything; have intellectual perception; catch the idea or meaning.
    • apprehend To believe or be of opinion, but without positive certainty: used as a modest way of introducing an opinion: as, all this is true, but we apprehend it is not to the purpose.
    • apprehend To be apprehensive; be in fear of a future evil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Apprehend ap-pre-hend′ to lay hold of: to seize by authority: to be conscious of by means of the senses: to lay hold of by the intellect: to catch the meaning of: to consider or hold a thing as such: to fear
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  • Gaston Bachelard
    “To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. apprehendere,; ad, + prehendere, to lay hold of, seize; prae, before + -hendere,used only in comp.); akin to Gr. chanda`nein to hold, contain, and E. get,: cf. F. appréhender,. See Prehensile Get
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. apprehendĕread, to, prehendĕre, -hensum, to lay hold of.


In literature:

You have apprehended Him as your refuge; have you apprehended Him as your inward sanctity?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
As long as we have plenty of sea room, I do not apprehend any particular danger.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
But see how y^e man thus apprehended by M^r.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
But not a few believed that it was a precaution, less against the Spaniard than against an apprehended invasion by Essex from Ireland.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Sometimes their cuts are neater than common listeners apprehend.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
He had long apprehended that bad weather would treble their difficulties.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
It is only when in the house that much damage need be apprehended.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Indeed, the family constantly apprehended such a visit, and it did take place in 1704.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
I apprehend dilution is a more general means of fraud.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
Then the blessings of his covenant are apprehended and accepted.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham

In poetry:

I think I apprehend
What you would say: if you, in truth, design
To enter once more on the life thus left,
Seek not to hide that all this consciousness
Of failure is assumed!
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
Then, apprehended right, his lays
Shall seem a hymn of prayer and praise
To purify from stain;
Shall bridge with love the severed years,
Instil the sacredness of tears,
The piety of pain.
"Poet’s Corner" by Alfred Austin
But she, who well enough knew what (Before he spoke) he would be at,
Pretended not to apprehend The mystery of what he mean'd;.
And therefore wish'd him to expound
His dark expressions, less profound.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler
But no words can describe the beautiful scenery.
Aberfoyle must be visited in order to see,
So that the mind may apprehend its beauties around,
Which will charm the hearts of the visitors I'll be bound.
"Beautiful Aberfoyle" by William Topaz McGonagall
Huffer! quoth HUDIBRAS: this sword Shall down thy false throat craw that word.
RALPHO, make haste, and call an officer,
To apprehend this Stygian sophister,
Meanwhile I'll hold 'em at a bay,
Lest he and WHACHUM run away.
"Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto III" by Samuel Butler
When he saw the sloops sent to apprehend him,
He didn't lose his courage, but fiendishly did grin;
And told his men to cease from drinking and their tittle-tattle,
Although he had only twenty men on board, and prepare for battle.
"Captain Teach alias Black Beard" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Fugitive Mitchell Walck was apprehended by police officers in Bismarck, North Dakota Tuesday morning, bringing to an end a three-day manhunt.
Wheeldon was apprehended after five months on the lam.
Huntington police said they acted on a tip Monday and apprehended a Michigan man before he attempted to rob a credit union at gunpoint.
The unidentified driver was apprehended at a bus stop near the Pentagon, authorities said.
A Youngstown woman facing felony charges for fatally striking an Austintown man with her vehicle while having more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system was apprehended by deputy US Marshals on Wednesday.
Carter was apprehended shortly after 9 a.m.
The Mack Alford Correctional Center says offender Jason Bales was apprehended in Hugo , Oklahoma around 10:30 Sunday morning.
Why wasn't dog-shooting suspect wearing ankle monitor immediately apprehended.
After K-9 officer Drake was shot and killed while protecting his house, questions still remain about why the suspect who was wearing a GPS tracking monitor wasn't immediately apprehended.
WASHINGTON — The House on Friday turned back an unusual coalition of liberals and conservatives and voted down legislation to reject explicitly the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects apprehended on United States soil.
US soldiers, on a mission to apprehend an alleged Haqqani network fighter they suspected of participating in a bombing that killed five Afghan police officers in January, detained his relative, but released him later.
The men were apprehended by security fairly quickly without much incident.
The alleged getaway driver was apprehended after a foot chase through the woods behind the house.
Last week the task force apprehended Philip Barr in Hardwick.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Department has apprehended an inmate who escaped from the detention center in Brewton Saturday, according to Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.

In science:

The situation at imposed fixed stress can be apprehended rather simply starting from the analysis of the homogeneous case mentioned above with its two stable branches “0” and “2”.
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
Every man is apt to form his notions of things difficult to be apprehended, or less familiar, from their analogy to things which are more familiar.
Exercices de style: A homotopy theory for set theory II
In such a system, no single individual is able to apprehend or understand everything.
By this time, however, most interest in PSR B0809+74 and its dr ifting-subpulse polar ization had subsided.1 Only now are we beg inning to apprehend fully the crucial role played by the orthogonal polar ization modes within dr ifting-subpulse sequences.
Radio Pulsars
The difficulties are perhaps best apprehended by noting that the measurement is, 25 years later, not yet done. To make this long story short we have to dwell mainly on the details of interest to our purpose and leave out the mention of many important contributions made to the project during all these years.
The Neutrino - Its Past, Present and Future