apprehend

  • 1 Apprehend — Ap pre*hend ([a^]p pr[ e]*h[e^]nd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Apprehended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Apprehending}.] [L. apprehendere; ad + prehendere to lay hold of, seize; prae before + hendere (used only in comp.); akin to Gr. chanda nein to hold, contain …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 apprehend — 1 *arrest, detain, attach Analogous words: seize, *take: capture, *catch Contrasted words: release, discharge, liberate, *free 2 Apprehend, comprehend mean to lay hold of something with the mind so as to know it but together …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 apprehend — apprehend, comprehend In the meanings in which they overlap, these two words denote slightly different aspects of understanding. Apprehend means to grasp or perceive a general idea or concept, whereas comprehend means to understand an argument or …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 Apprehend — Ap pre*hend , v. i. 1. To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose. [1913 Webster] 2. To be apprehensive; to fear. [1913 Webster] It is worse to apprehend than to suffer. Rowe. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 apprehend — ap·pre·hend /ˌa prə hend/ vt [Latin apprehendere to seize, arrest, from ad to + prehendere to seize]: arrest Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 apprehend — [v1] catch and arrest bag*, bust*, capture, collar, cop*, grab, nab, nail*, place under arrest, run in, seize, take in, take into custody, take prisoner; concepts 90,191,317 Ant. lose, not catch apprehend [v2] understand absorb, accept,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 apprehend — (v.) mid 14c., to grasp in the senses or mind, from O.Fr. aprendre (12c.) teach; learn; take, grasp; acquire, or directly from L. apprehendere to take hold of, grasp, from ad to + prehendere to seize (see PREHENSILE (Cf. prehensile)). Metaphoric… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 apprehend — ► VERB 1) intercept in the course of unlawful or wrongful action. 2) seize or arrest. 3) understand; perceive. 4) archaic anticipate with fear or unease. ORIGIN Latin apprehendere, from prehendere lay hold of …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 apprehend — [ap΄rē hend′, ap΄rihend′] vt. [ME apprehenden < LL apprehendere, to understand < L, to take hold of < ad , to + prehendere: see PREHENSILE] 1. to take into custody; capture or arrest 2. to take hold of mentally; perceive; understand 3.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 apprehend — ap|pre|hend [ˌæprıˈhend] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: apprehendere to take hold of , from ad to + prehendere to seize ] 1.) formal if the police apprehend a criminal, they catch him or her = ↑arrest ▪ The police have failed to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 apprehend — [[t]æ̱prɪhe̱nd[/t]] apprehends, apprehending, apprehended 1) VERB If the police apprehend someone, they catch them and arrest them. [FORMAL] [V n] Police have not apprehended her killer. Syn: catch 2) VERB If you apprehend something, you… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 apprehend — verb /æ.pɹiˈhɛnd/ a) To take or seize; to take hold of. We have two hands to apprehend it. . b) Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal. This suspicion of Earl Reimund, though at first but a… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 apprehend — [14] The underlying notion in apprehend is of ‘seizing’ or ‘grasping’; it comes ultimately from the Latin verb prehendere ‘seize’ (source also of comprehend, predatory, and prehensile). Latin apprehendere ‘lay hold of’, formed with the prefix ad …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 apprehend — UK [ˌæprɪˈhend] / US verb [transitive] Word forms apprehend : present tense I/you/we/they apprehend he/she/it apprehends present participle apprehending past tense apprehended past participle apprehended 1) formal to arrest someone 2) very formal …

    English dictionary

  • 15 apprehend — [14] The underlying notion in apprehend is of ‘seizing’ or ‘grasping’; it comes ultimately from the Latin verb prehendere ‘seize’ (source also of comprehend, predatory, and prehensile). Latin apprehendere ‘lay hold of’, formed with the prefix ad …

    Word origins

  • 16 apprehend — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin apprehendere, literally, to seize, from ad + prehendere to seize more at get Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. arrest, seize < apprehend a thief > 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 apprehend — See apprehend, comprehend …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 18 apprehend — verb Apprehend is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alien, ↑culprit, ↑intruder, ↑suspect …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 apprehend — verb 1) the thieves were quickly apprehended Syn: arrest, catch, capture, seize; take prisoner, take into custody, detain, put in jail, put behind bars, imprison, incarcerate; informal bag, collar, nab, nail, run in, bust …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 apprehend — ap•pre•hend [[t]ˌæp rɪˈhɛnd[/t]] v. t. 1) to take into custody; arrest by legal warrant or authority: The police apprehended the burglars[/ex] 2) to grasp the meaning of; understand, esp. intuitively; perceive 3) to expect with anxiety, suspicion …

    From formal English to slang


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