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English verb: comprehend

1. comprehend (cognition) get the meaning of something

SamplesDo you comprehend the meaning of this letter?.

Synonymsapprehend, compass, 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. comprehend (perception) to become aware of through the senses

SamplesI could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)ache, apperceive, catch, divine, dream, feel, find, hallucinate, hear, hurt, listen, misperceive, pick up, pick up, receive, see, see through, sense, sight, smell, spy, suffer, taste, touch

3. comprehend (stative) include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

SamplesThis group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds.
This should cover everyone in the group.

Synonymscover, embrace, encompass

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)include

Verb groupaddress, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat

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