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.


  1. apprehend

    Apprehend is a verb that generally refers to three main actions. 1. To understand or perceive: In this context, it means to grasp an idea or comprehend a concept. For example, "She finally apprehended the complex physics equation." 2. To arrest or seize: Here, it pertains to the action of law enforcement authorities who catch and arrest a person suspected of a crime. For example, "The police apprehended the suspect at his home." 3. To anticipate with anxiety or fear: In this case, it means to expect something negative with a sense of trepidation. For example, "He apprehended the worst after hearing the news."

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. Jerry Weiers:

    Our police department worked diligently to find and apprehend the suspect of this terrible crime. It's tragic when these types of events happen, especially to the most innocent.

  2. Van Horn:

    I think it was his intention to die that day, whether by his own hand or ours, i know the (Godwin) family wants closure. We would have liked to apprehend him, but that didn't happen.

  3. Rashid Abdi:

    From where I sit, I think there was a monumental failure of analysis, internationally, i think people failed to apprehend the complex nature of Ethiopia's transition, especially they failed to appreciate also the complex side of Abiy, that he was not all this sunny, smiling guy. That beneath was a much more calculating, and even Machiavellian figure, who eventually will I think push the country towards a much more dangerous path.

  4. H. G. Wells:

    I see knowledge increasing and human power increasing. I see ever-increasing possibilities before life, And I see no limits set to it at all, Existence impresses me as a perpetual dawn. Our lives, as I apprehend, are great in expectations.

  5. Alex Bastian:

    This was a very proactive investigation. We had a joint task force in place along with SFPD to apprehend the suspect.

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Translations for apprehend

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  • قب� علىArabic
  • долавям, схващам, хващам, опасявам се, арестувам, задържамBulgarian
  • aprehendreCatalan, Valencian
  • pågribeDanish
  • festnehmen, begreifen, fangenGerman
  • comprender, detener, coger, temer, captar, entender, capturar, aprehender, prender, percibirSpanish
  • درک کردنPersian
  • appréhenderFrench
  • snappen, begrijpen, vattenDutch
  • capturar, apreender, prender, deterPortuguese
  • chapayQuechua
  • задержать, арестоватьRussian
  • aretirati, prijeti, pojmiti, bati seSlovene
  • gripa, greppa, förståSwedish
  • จับกุมThai

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    A plush
    B abrupt
    C sought
    D frantic

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