- 1 [often with negative] Grasp mentally; understand: he couldn’t comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat [with clause]: I simply couldn’t comprehend what had happenedMore example sentences
understand, grasp, take in, see, apprehend, follow, make sense of, fathom, make out, puzzle out, get to the bottom of, penetrate; realize, perceive, discern, divine; unravel, decipher, interpret, piece together• informal work out, figure out, make head or tail of, get one's head around, wrap one's mind round, take on board, get a fix on, get the hang of, get the drift of, catch on to, latch on to, tumble to, crack, dig, get, see the light, get the pictureNorth American • informal savvy
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French comprehender, or Latin comprehendere, from com- 'together' + prehendere 'grasp'.