Definition of apprehend in English:

apprehend

Line breaks: ap¦pre|hend
Pronunciation: /aprɪˈhɛnd
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Arrest (someone) for a crime: a warrant was issued but he has not been apprehended
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    • Let's remember that we were never apprehended, arrested, charged or deported.
    • During the follow-up interviews, one subject admitted that he was apprehended via an arrest warrant.
    • According to reports, an off-duty police officer tried to intervene and was struck by the robber before he was apprehended and arrested.
    Synonyms
    arrest, catch, capture, seize; take prisoner, take into custody, detain, put in jail, throw in jail, put behind bars, imprison, incarcerate
    informal collar, nab, nail, run in, pinch, bust, pick up, pull in, haul in, do, feel someone's collar
    British informal nick
  • 2Understand or perceive: we enter a field of vision we could not otherwise apprehend
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    • He posits that ‘understandings can only be apprehended and appreciated if they are performed by a student’.
    • It is only through the force of the emotionally apprehended that he can perceive the world.
    • But what controls and regulates feeling will be a wider web of feelings, which reason helps us apprehend and understand, not any reason holding authority over all feelings.
    Synonyms
    understand, comprehend, realize, recognize, appreciate, discern, perceive, fathom, penetrate, catch, follow, grasp, make out, take in
    informal get the drift of, get the hang of, make head or tail of, get the picture, have an aha moment
    British informal twig, suss (out)
  • 2.1 archaic Anticipate (something) with uneasiness or fear: he is a man that apprehends death no more dreadfully but as a drunken sleep
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    • He admitted that some people had left the city some time back apprehending communal violence, but there is no such fear now.
    • The district administration apprehending trouble immediately clamped curfew in the district.
    • Information gathered by them revealed that he was persuaded to cancel his visit today by the state government as it apprehended major controversy.

Origin

late Middle English (originally in the sense 'grasp, get hold of (physically or mentally')): from French appréhender or Latin apprehendere, from ad- 'towards' + prehendere 'lay hold of'.

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