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 Dictionary entry overview: What does apprehend mean? 

  The verb APPREHEND has 3 senses:

1. get the meaning of something
2. take into custody
3. anticipate with dread or anxiety

  Familiarity information: APPREHEND used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1apprehend [BACK TO TOP]


Get the meaning of something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


apprehend; savvy; grok; get the picture; comprehend; grasp; compass; dig

Context example:

Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?

Hypernyms (to "apprehend" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "apprehend"):

figure (understand)

catch on; cotton on; get it; get onto; get wise; latch on; tumble; twig (understand, usually after some initial difficulty)

intuit (know or grasp by intuition or feeling)

digest (arrange and integrate in the mind)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sense 2apprehend [BACK TO TOP]


Take into custody

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


arrest; collar; nail; nab; cop; apprehend; pick up

Context example:

the police nabbed the suspected criminals

Hypernyms (to "apprehend" is one way to...):

clutch; prehend; seize (take hold of; grab)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sense 3apprehend [BACK TO TOP]


Anticipate with dread or anxiety

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


quail at; apprehend

Hypernyms (to "apprehend" is one way to...):

anticipate; look for; look to (be excited or anxious about)

"Apprehend" entails doing...:

dread; fear (be afraid or scared of; be frightened of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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