comprehend

  • 1 Comprehend — Com pre*hend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Comprehended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Comprehending}.] [L. comprehendere, comprehensum; com + prehendere to grasp, seize; prae before + hendere (used only in comp.). See {Get}, and cf. {Comprise}.] 1. To contain; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 comprehend — I (include) verb be composed of, be comprised of, be made up of, circumscribe, compass, comprise, consist of, constitute, contain, cover, embody, embrace, encircle, encompass, envelop, incorporate, involve, possess, span, take in associated… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 comprehend — (v.) mid 14c., to understand, from L. comprehendere to take together, to unite; include; seize (of catching fire or the arrest of criminals); also to comprehend, perceive (to seize or take in the mind), from com completely (see COM (Cf. com )) +… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 comprehend — 1 *understand, appreciate Analogous words: seize, grasp (see TAKE): conceive, envisage, envision (see THINK) 2 *apprehend Analogous words: see those at COMPREHEND 1 3 embrace, involve, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 comprehend — [v1] understand appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, capiche*, catch, click, cognize, conceive, dig*, discern, envisage, envision, fathom, get*, get the picture*, gotcha*, grasp, have, know, make out*, perceive, read, savvy*, see, take in, tumble*; …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 comprehend — ► VERB 1) grasp mentally; understand. 2) formal include or encompass. ORIGIN Latin comprehendere, from prehendere to grasp …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 comprehend — [käm΄prē hend′, käm΄prihend΄] vt. [ME comprehenden < L comprehendere < com , with + prehendere, to catch hold of, seize: see PREHENSILE] 1. to grasp mentally; understand 2. to include; take in; comprise SYN. INCLUDE, UNDERSTAND… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 comprehend — 01. It s difficult to [comprehend] what would make two high school boys do such a terrible thing. 02. She talks to everyone she can, every chance she gets, so her listening [comprehension] has really improved. 03. We need to do a [comprehensive]… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 9 comprehend — UK [ˌkɒmprɪˈhend] / US [ˌkɑmprəˈhend] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms comprehend : present tense I/you/we/they comprehend he/she/it comprehends present participle comprehending past tense comprehended past participle comprehended formal …

    English dictionary

  • 10 comprehend — verb ADVERB ▪ fully ▪ barely ▪ She could barely comprehend what was happening to her. ▪ easily VERB + COMPREHEND ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 comprehend — com|pre|hend [ˌkɔmprıˈhend US ˌka:m ] v [I,T not in progressive] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: comprehendere to take hold of completely , from com ( COM ) + prehendere ( PREHENSILE)] to understand something that is complicated or difficult …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 comprehend — com|pre|hend [ ,kamprə hend ] verb intransitive or transitive FORMAL to understand something: How could you possibly comprehend the difficulties of my situation? fully comprehend: We fully comprehend people s anxieties. comprehend that: Laura… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 comprehend — 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

  • 14 comprehend — verb (intransitive, transitive not in progressive) formal to understand something that is complicated or difficult: Even scientists do not comprehend these phenomena. | comprehend how/why/what etc: I fail to comprehend how this was allowed to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 comprehend — [[t]kɒ̱mprɪhe̱nd[/t]] comprehends, comprehending, comprehended VERB: with brd neg If you cannot comprehend something, you cannot understand it. [FORMAL] [V n] I just cannot comprehend your attitude... Whenever she failed to comprehend she… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 comprehend — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French comprendre, comprehendre, from Latin comprehendere, from com + prehendere to grasp more at get Date: 14th century 1. to grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of < unable to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 comprehend — comprehender, n. comprehendingly, adv. /kom pri hend /, v.t. 1. to understand the nature or meaning of; grasp with the mind; perceive: He did not comprehend the significance of the ambassador s remark. 2. to take in or embrace; include; comprise …

    Universalium

  • 18 comprehend — See apprehend. See apprehend, comprehend …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 comprehend — verb 1) Katie couldn t comprehend his message Syn: understand, grasp, take in, see, apprehend, follow, make sense of, fathom, get to the bottom of; unravel, decipher, interpret; informal work out, figure out, make head(s) or tail(s) of, get one s …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 comprehend — verb /kɑmprəhɛnd,ˈkɒmpriˌhɛnd/ a) to cover, include, or contain This book comprehends all the topics that are relevant for you. b) to understand or grasp fully and thoroug …

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