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English noun: apprehension

1. apprehension (feeling) fearful expectation or anticipation


SamplesThe student looked around the examination room with apprehension.


Synonymsapprehensiveness, dread


Broader (hypernym)fear, fearfulness, fright


Narrower (hyponym)boding, chill, foreboding, gloom, gloominess, pall, premonition, presentiment, somberness, sombreness, suspense, trepidation

2. apprehension (cognition) the cognitive condition of someone who understands


SamplesHe has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect.


Synonymsdiscernment, savvy, understanding


Broader (hypernym)knowing


Narrower (hyponym)appreciation, brainstorm, brainwave, comprehension, grasp, grasping, hindsight, hold, insight, realisation, realization, recognition, self-knowledge, smattering

3. apprehension (cognition) painful expectation


Synonymsmisgiving


Broader (hypernym)expectation, outlook, prospect

4. apprehension (act) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)


SamplesThe policeman on the beat got credit for the collar.


Synonymsarrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody


Broader (hypernym)capture, gaining control, seizure









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