Apprehend Definition

apprehended, apprehending, apprehends
apprehended, apprehending, apprehends
To take into custody; arrest.
Apprehended the murderer.
American Heritage
To take into custody; capture or arrest.
Webster's New World
To understand.
Webster's New World
To grasp mentally; understand.
American Heritage
To take hold of mentally; perceive; understand.
Webster's New World

Origin of Apprehend

  • Middle English apprehenden from Old French apprehender from Latin apprehendere to seize ad- ad- prehendere to grasp ghend- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French apprehender (> French appréhender), from Latin apprehendere. Compare Spanish aprender.

    From Wiktionary

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