Definition of comprehension in English:


Syllabification: com·pre·hen·sion
Pronunciation: /ˌkämprəˈhen(t)SH(ə)n


1The action or capability of understanding something: some won’t have the least comprehension of what I’m trying to do the comprehension of spoken language
More example sentences
  • Since you are striving for something that is basically beyond your comprehension and ability, you cannot trust yourself to do all the right things to get you there.
  • It is simply beyond a tourist's comprehension to understand why such ancient monuments, which do not require maintenance on a weekly basis, are closed once a week.
  • When reading comprehension is assessed through writing, these difficulties are compounded.
2 archaic Inclusion.


late Middle English: from French compréhension or Latin comprehensio(n-), from the verb comprehendere 'seize, comprise' (see comprehend).

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