What does comprehend mean?

Definitions for comprehend
ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛndcom·pre·hend

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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. perceive, comprehendverb

    to become aware of through the senses

    "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

  3. embrace, encompass, comprehend, coververb

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. comprehendverb

    to cover, include, or contain

  2. comprehendverb

    to understand or grasp fully and thoroughly.

  3. Etymology: From comprehendere, from the prefix com-, + prehendere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To COMPREHENDverb

    Etymology: comprehendo, Latin.

    If there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Rom. xiii. 9.

    It would be ridiculous to grow old in the study of every necessary thing, in an art which comprehends so many several parts. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Rome was not better by her Quintus Horatius Flaccus taught,
    Than we are here to comprehend his thought. Edmund Waller.

    ’Tis unjust, that they who have not the least notion of heroic writing, should therefore condemn the pleasure which others receive from it, because they cannot comprehend it. Dryd.

ChatGPT

  1. comprehend

    To comprehend means to understand or grasp the meaning, nature, or importance of something. It involves the ability to perceive, discern, and fully process information or ideas, often resulting in new insights or learning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comprehendverb

    to contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire

  2. Comprehendverb

    to take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply

  3. Comprehendverb

    to take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comprehend

    kom-pre-hend′, v.t. to seize or take up with the mind, to understand: to comprise or include.—ns. Comprehensibil′ity, Comprehen′sibleness.—adj. Comprehen′sible, capable of being understood.—adv. Comprehen′sibly.—n. Comprehen′sion, power of the mind to understand: (logic) the intension of a term or the sum of the qualities implied in the term: the inclusion of Nonconformists within the Church of England.—adj. Comprehen′sive, having the quality or power of comprehending much: extensive: full.—adv. Comprehen′sively.—n. Comprehen′siveness. [L. comprehendĕre, to seize.]

Editors Contribution

  1. comprehend

    To understand the meaning of.

    WE did comprehend the information conveyed.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comprehend in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comprehend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of comprehend in a Sentence

  1. Zeinab Chami:

    They look like the kids I went to college with at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the kids I teach not just because they're Muslim but they have that bright, shiny innocence kids that age have, this was a moment for (my students) to pause and try to comprehend the reality they're going to be stepping into.

  2. Setsuko Shibata:

    I can't comprehend how this could have happened, despite having auditors, i can't say I feel better about the situation after today's explanation.

  3. Oprah Winfrey:

    She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller, she was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them.

  4. Antoinette Brown Blackwell:

    Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.

  5. Rabbi Zalman Lipskar:

    Temple Menorah's very difficult to comprehend how Temple Menorah's possible.

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