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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


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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