The definition of apprehend is to take someone into police custody.verb
When the police pick up someone matching a description of a suspected criminal, that is an example of apprehend.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to take into custody; capture or arrest
- to take hold of mentally; perceive; understand
- to anticipate with anxiety; dread
- Obsolete to seize
Origin: ME apprehenden < LL apprehendere, to understand < L, to take hold of < ad-, to + prehendere: see prehensile
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verb ap·pre·hend·ed, ap·pre·hend·ing, ap·pre·hends verb, transitive
- To take into custody; arrest: apprehended the murderer.
- To grasp mentally; understand: a candidate who apprehends the significance of geopolitical issues.
- To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive.
Origin: Middle English apprehenden, from Old French apprehender, from Latin apprehendere, to seize : ad-, ad- + prehendere, to grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
- apˌpre·hendˈer noun