apprehend

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌæprɪˈhɛnd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌæprɪˈhɛnd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ap′ri hend)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ap•pre•hend /ˌæprɪˈhɛnd/USA pronunciation   v. [~ + object]
  1. to take into custody;
    arrest:The police apprehended the burglars.
  2. to grasp the meaning of;
    perceive:could apprehend the difference between the two words.
See -prehend-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ap•pre•hend  (ap′ri hend),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to take into custody;
    arrest by legal warrant or authority:The police apprehended the burglars.
  2. to grasp the meaning of;
    understand, esp. intuitively;
    perceive.
  3. to expect with anxiety, suspicion, or fear;
    anticipate:apprehending violence.

v.i. 
  1. to understand.
  2. to be apprehensive, suspicious, or fearful;
    fear.
ap′pre•hender, n. 
  • Latin apprehendere to grasp, equivalent. to ap- ap-1 + prehendere to seize (pre- pre- + -hendere to grasp)
  • Middle English apprehenden 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
apprehend /ˌæprɪˈhɛnd/ vb
  1. (transitive) to arrest and escort into custody; seize
  2. to perceive or grasp mentally; understand
  3. (transitive) to await with fear or anxiety; dread
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin apprehendere to lay hold of
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