• (America) IPA: /æ.pɹiˈhɛnd/

apprehend (apprehends, present participle apprehending; past and past participle apprehended)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To take or seize; to take hold of.
    • We have two hands to apprehend it.
    1. (transitive, law enforcement) To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest.
      Officers apprehended the suspect two streets away from the bank.
  2. (transitive) To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.
    • This suspicion of Earl Reimund, though at first but a buzz, soon got a sting in the king's head, and he violently apprehended it.
    • The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended them.
  3. (transitive) To anticipate; especially, to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 2, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  4. (intransitive) To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
  5. (intransitive) To be apprehensive; to fear.
    • It is worse to apprehend than to suffer.
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