Definition of "apprehend" []

  • To take into custody; arrest: apprehended the murderer. (verb-transitive)
  • To grasp mentally; understand: a candidate who apprehends the significance of geopolitical issues. (verb-transitive)
  • To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive. (verb-transitive)
  • To understand something. (verb-intransitive)
  • To arrest and escort into custody; seize (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To perceive or grasp mentally; understand (verb)
  • To await with fear or anxiety; dread (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "apprehend" in a sentence
  • "The central concept I want them to apprehend is the connection between the manner in which God created us, and His will that we participate in the life of the Trinity through grace."
  • "[1] I wish, however, to march on solid ground; and the only tender place I as yet apprehend, is contained in that sentence of Robert's letter to you, where he says — 'I took the manuscript of the Farmer's Boy to your"
  • "How can we be happy when the most important this we apprehend is left to one side by the prevailing Metaphysics?"