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English verb: apprehend

1. apprehend (cognition) get the meaning of something


SamplesDo you comprehend the meaning of this letter?.


Synonymscompass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)understand


Narrower (hyponym)catch on, cotton on, digest, figure, get it, get onto, get wise, intuit, latch on, tumble, twig

2. apprehend (contact) take into custody


SamplesThe police nabbed the suspected criminals.


Synonymsarrest, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

3. apprehend (emotion) anticipate with dread or anxiety


Synonymsquail at


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)anticipate, look for, look to


Entaildread, fear









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