Definition of comprehend in English:


Syllabification: com·pre·hend
Pronunciation: /ˌkämprəˈhend


[with object]
1Grasp mentally; understand: he couldn’t comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat I simply couldn’t comprehend what had happened
More example sentences
  • There's something else afoot, something I will never understand or comprehend.
  • Still, so much time is spent on trying to rock the boat, in trying to understand and comprehend.
  • I understood and comprehended what would take most children years to take in and be able to use.
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 head around, get the drift of, catch on to, get
2 formal Include, comprise, or encompass: a divine order comprehending all men


Middle English: from Old French comprehender, or Latin comprehendere, from com- 'together' + prehendere 'grasp'.



More example sentences
  • The value of RT as an intervention for poor comprehenders has been documented in many sources.
  • Good second-language comprehenders do not read mechanically but utilize top-down processing strategies, even when they demonstrate equal levels of L2 language proficiency as less successful comprehenders.
  • Research indicates that skilled comprehenders organize text into phrase-like units.

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