What does apprehend mean?

Definitions for apprehend
ˌæp rɪˈhɛndap·pre·hend

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word apprehend.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehendverb

    get the meaning of something

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

  2. collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, copverb

    take into custody

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

  3. apprehend, quail atverb

    anticipate with dread or anxiety


  1. apprehendverb

    To take or seize; to take hold of.

  2. apprehendverb

    To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest.

    to apprehend a criminal.

  3. apprehendverb

    To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.

  4. apprehendverb

    To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.

  5. apprehendverb

    To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.

  6. apprehendverb

    To be apprehensive; to fear.

  7. Etymology: From apprehender (French: appréhender), from apprehendere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To APPREHENDverb

    Etymology: apprehendo, Lat. to take hold of.

    There is nothing but hath a double handle, or at least we have two hands to apprehend it. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    The governour kept the city with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me. 2 Cor. xi. 32.

    It was the rabble, of which no body was named; and, which is more strange, not one apprehended. Edward Hyde.

    The good which is gotten by doing, causeth not action; unless, apprehending it as good, we like and desire it. Richard Hooker.

    Yet this I apprehend not, why to those
    Among whom God will deign to dwell on earth,
    So many, and so various laws are giv’n. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The First Being is invisible and incorruptible, and can only be apprehended by our minds. Edward Stillingfleet.

    From my grandfather’s death I had reason to apprehend the stone; and, from my father’s life, the gout. William Temple.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apprehendverb

    to take or seize; to take hold of

  2. Apprehendverb

    hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal

  3. Apprehendverb

    to take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider

  4. Apprehendverb

    to know or learn with certainty

  5. Apprehendverb

    to anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear

  6. Apprehendverb

    to think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose

  7. Apprehendverb

    to be apprehensive; to fear

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apprehend

    ap-pre-hend′, v.t. to lay hold of: to seize by authority: to be conscious of by means of the senses: to lay hold of by the intellect: to catch the meaning of: to consider or hold a thing as such: to fear.—n. Apprehensibil′ity.—adj. Apprehens′ible.—n. Apprehen′sion, act of apprehending or seizing: arrest: (arch.) conscious perception: conception: ability to understand: fear: (obs.) sensitiveness, sensibility to.—adj. Apprehens′ive, pertaining to the laying hold of sensuous and mental impressions: intelligent, clever: having an apprehension or notion of: fearful: anticipative of something adverse.—n. Apprehens′iveness. [L. apprehendĕread, to, prehendĕre, -hensum, to lay hold of.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. apprehend

    In a military sense, implies the seizing or confining of any person; as, to apprehend a deserter, etc.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of apprehend in a Sentence

  1. Dos Santos:

    Violence engenders more violence, i think the duty of the police officer is to catch, apprehend and for the justice to judge.

  2. Human Rights Watch:

    Regardless of the verdicts in the case, Philippine authorities need to apprehend the several dozen suspects still at large.

  3. Steve Cohen:

    They were not there to serve and protect, or even to apprehend ; they were there to punish and dominate.

  4. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    Our nation faces a host of serious, varied and evolving challenges. Our highest priority must always be the security of our homeland, and we are acting aggressively to diffuse threats, we continue to investigate and apprehend those who seek to harm us, including upwards of 70 individuals charged since 2013 for conduct related to foreign fighter activity, and home-grown violent extremism.

  5. Greg Abbott:

    This tragic loss is a grave reminder of the risks that our law enforcement officers face every single day, i thank the officers who bravely responded to apprehend the suspect, and I assure you that the state of Texas is committed to bringing this killer to justice.

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  • долавям, задържам, схващам, хващам, опасявам се, арестувамBulgarian
  • aprehendreCatalan, Valencian
  • pågribeDanish
  • fangen, begreifen, festnehmenGerman
  • entender, temer, capturar, aprehender, coger, detener, comprender, captar, prender, percibirSpanish
  • درک کردنPersian
  • appréhenderFrench
  • vatten, snappen, begrijpenDutch
  • capturar, prender, deter, apreenderPortuguese
  • chapayQuechua
  • арестовать, задержатьRussian
  • pojmiti, bati se, aretirati, prijetiSlovene
  • gripa, greppa, förståSwedish
  • จับกุมThai

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    • A. ostensive
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