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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)

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.

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?"