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comprehension

Line breaks: com|pre¦hen|sion
Pronunciation: /kɒmprɪˈhɛnʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of comprehension in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The ability to understand 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.
Synonyms
understanding, ability to understand, grasp, grip, conception, apprehension, cognition, cognizance, ken, knowledge, awareness, perception, discernment;
interpretation
1.1British The setting of questions on a set text to test understanding, as a school exercise: [as modifier]: comprehension exercises
More example sentences
  • The comprehensions and the questions on them were lovely.
  • She said the comprehensions at ordinary level were a bit difficult and the grammar was as hard as at higher level but the topics should have been of interest to students.
  • The comprehensions were challenging but in the composition section the varied choice of essay titles in general satisfied the students.
2 archaic Inclusion.
2.1 historical The inclusion of Nonconformists within the Established Church of England (as proposed in the 17th to 19th centuries but not adopted).

Origin

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

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