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 happened
More example sentences
- 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.
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 picture
North American informal savvy
Middle English: from Old French comprehender, or Latin comprehendere, from com- 'together' + prehendere 'grasp'.