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COMPREHEND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does comprehend mean? 

COMPREHEND (verb)
  The verb COMPREHEND has 3 senses:

1. get the meaning of something
2. to become aware of through the senses
3. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

  Familiarity information: COMPREHEND used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPREHEND (verb)


Sense 1comprehend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get the meaning of something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

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

Context example:

Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?

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

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

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

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 2comprehend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To become aware of through the senses

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

perceive; comprehend

Context example:

I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon

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

touch (perceive via the tactile sense)

see (perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight)

sight (catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes)

hear (perceive (sound) via the auditory sense)

listen (hear with intention)

taste (perceive by the sense of taste)

find (perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place)

smell (inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense)

ache; hurt; suffer (feel physical pain)

dream (experience while sleeping)

catch; pick up (perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily)

misperceive (perceive incorrectly)

hallucinate (perceive what is not there; have illusions)

divine (perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers)

pick up; receive (register (perceptual input))

apperceive (perceive in terms of a past experience)

feel; sense (perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles)

see through (perceive the true nature of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3comprehend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

embrace; encompass; comprehend; cover

Context examples:

This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds / this should cover everyone in the group

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

include (have as a part, be made up out of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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