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

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ap•pre•hen•sion /ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. suspicion or fear of future trouble;
    foreboding: [countable]had apprehensions about the upcoming meeting.[uncountable]I was filled with apprehension.
  2. ability to understand:[uncountable]her apprehension of the dangerous situation.
  3. the act of arresting;
    seizure:[uncountable]prompt apprehension of criminals.
See -prehend-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ap•pre•hen•sion  (ap′ri henshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. anticipation of adversity or misfortune;
    suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
  2. the faculty or act of apprehending, esp. intuitive understanding;
    perception on a direct and immediate level.
  3. acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension.
  4. a view, opinion, or idea on any subject.
  5. the act of arresting;
  • Late Latin apprehēnsiōn- (stem of apprehēnsiō), equivalent. to apprehens- (see apprehensible) + -iōn- -ion
  • Old French)
  • Middle English ( 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged alarm, worry, uneasiness;
      Apprehension, anxiety, misgiving imply an unsettled and uneasy state of mind.
      Apprehension is an active state of fear, usually of some danger or misfortune:apprehension before opening a telegram.Anxiety is a somewhat prolonged state of apprehensive worry:anxiety because of a reduced income.Misgiving implies a dubious uncertainty or suspicion, as well as uneasiness:to have misgivings about the investment.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged capture.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged composure, tranquillity.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged release.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
apprehension /ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən/ n
  1. fear or anxiety over what may happen
  2. the act of capturing or arresting
  3. the faculty of comprehending; understanding
  4. a notion or conception
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