Apprehend meaning

ăprĭ-hĕnd
To take into custody; arrest.

Apprehended the murderer.

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To take hold of mentally; perceive; understand.
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The definition of apprehend is to take someone into police custody.

When the police pick up someone matching a description of a suspected criminal, that is an example of apprehend.

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To understand something.
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To anticipate with fear or alarm.
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(obs.) To seize.
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To understand.
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(archaic) To take or seize; to take hold of.
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To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest.

To apprehend a criminal.

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To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.
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(intransitive) To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
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(intransitive) To be apprehensive; to fear.
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To grasp mentally; understand.
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To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive.
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(archaic) To anticipate with worry or dread.
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To take into custody; capture or arrest.
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To anticipate; especially, to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
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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