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Definition of Apprehend


  1. To take or seize; to take hold of.
  2. Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
  3. To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.
  4. To know or learn with certainty.
  5. To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
  6. To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
  7. To be apprehensive; to fear.

Apprehend Quotations

He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.

On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
Charles Babbage

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
Tennessee Williams

The serial arsonist is the most difficult to apprehend because the evidence is burned up.
Joseph Wambaugh

If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers, he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend even that which had been within the power of his apprehension. For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect.
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Apprehend Translations

apprehend in German is erfassen, erfassen, verstehen
apprehend in Italian is capire
apprehend in Spanish is captar, aprehender
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