• (British) IPA: /æp.ɹɪˈhɛn.ʃən/
  • (America) IPA: /æp.ɹiˈhɛn.ʃən/


  1. (rare) The physical act of seizing or taking hold of (something); seizing.
    • 2006, Phil Senter, "Comparison of Forelimb Function between Deinonychus and Babiraptor (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridea)", Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 26, no. 4 (Dec.), p. 905:
      The wing would have been a severe obstruction to apprehension of an object on the ground.
  2. (legal) The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest.
  3. perception; the act of understanding using one's intellect without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment
    • 1815, Percy Bysshe Shelley, "On Life," in A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays (1840 edition):
      We live on, and in living we lose the apprehension of life.
  4. Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
  5. The faculty by which ideas are conceived or by which perceptions are grasped; understanding.
  6. Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; dread or fear at the prospect of some future ill.
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