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APPREHENSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does apprehension mean? 

APPREHENSION (noun)
  The noun APPREHENSION has 4 senses:

1. fearful expectation or anticipation
2. the cognitive condition of someone who understands
3. painful expectation
4. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

  Familiarity information: APPREHENSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


APPREHENSION (noun)


Sense 1apprehension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fearful expectation or anticipation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

apprehension; apprehensiveness; dread

Context example:

the student looked around the examination room with apprehension

Hypernyms ("apprehension" is a kind of...):

fear; fearfulness; fright (an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "apprehension"):

trepidation (a feeling of alarm or dread)

boding; foreboding; premonition; presentiment (a feeling of evil to come)

suspense (apprehension about what is going to happen)

gloom; gloominess; somberness; sombreness (a feeling of melancholy apprehension)

chill; pall (a sudden numbing dread)


Sense 2apprehension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The cognitive condition of someone who understands

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

understanding; savvy; discernment; apprehension

Context example:

he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect

Hypernyms ("apprehension" is a kind of...):

knowing (a clear and certain mental apprehension)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "apprehension"):

comprehension (an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result))

realisation; realization; recognition (coming to understand something clearly and distinctly)

brainstorm; brainwave; insight (the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation)

hindsight (understanding the nature of an event after it has happened)

grasping (understanding with difficulty)

appreciation; grasp; hold (understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something)

smattering (a slight or superficial understanding of a subject)

self-knowledge (an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities)


Sense 3apprehension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Painful expectation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

misgiving; apprehension

Hypernyms ("apprehension" is a kind of...):

expectation; outlook; prospect (belief about (or mental picture of) the future)


Sense 4apprehension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

arrest; taking into custody; apprehension; collar; pinch; catch

Context example:

the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

Hypernyms ("apprehension" is a kind of...):

capture; gaining control; seizure (the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property)


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