Definition of comprehension in English:

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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
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  • 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.
understanding, grasp, conception, apprehension, cognition, ken, knowledge, awareness, perception;
2 archaic Inclusion.


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

Words that rhyme with comprehension

abstention, apprehension, ascension, attention, circumvention, condescension, contention, contravention, convention, declension, detention, dimension, dissension, extension, gentian, hypertension, hypotension, intention, intervention, invention, mention, misapprehension, obtention, pension, prehension, prevention, recension, retention, subvention, supervention, suspension, tension

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Syllabification: com·pre·hen·sion

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