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Synonyms for apprehend
ˌæp rɪˈhɛndap·pre·hend

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  1. apprehendverb

    seize, fear, dread, arrest, believe, capture, imagine, understand, detain, catch, conceive

  2. apprehendverb

    To take or seize; to take hold of.

    catch, dread, conceive, capture, understand, fear, seize, arrest, detain, imagine, believe

  3. apprehendverb

    To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest.

    to apprehend a criminal.

    dread, conceive, detain, capture, seize, understand, catch, believe, imagine, fear, arrest

  4. apprehendverb

    To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.

    catch, detain, imagine, believe, conceive, fear, capture, dread, arrest, understand, seize

  5. apprehendverb

    To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.

    arrest, capture, conceive, understand, imagine, believe, fear, seize, catch, dread, detain

  6. apprehendverb

    To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.

    seize, conceive, believe, fear, understand, detain, capture, arrest, catch, dread, imagine

  7. apprehendverb

    To be apprehensive; to fear.

    arrest, conceive, detain, imagine, catch, seize, believe, dread, understand, fear, capture

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. apprehend

    To anticipate may be either to take before in fact or to take before in thought; in the former sense it is allied with prevent; in the latter, with the synonyms above given. This is coming to be the prevalent and favorite use. We expect that which we have good reason to believe will happen; as, a boy expects to grow to manhood. We hope for that which we much desire and somewhat expect. We apprehend what we both expect and fear. Anticipate is commonly used now, like foretaste, of that which we expect both with confidence and pleasure. In this use it is a stronger word than hope, where often "the wish is father to the thought." I hope for a visit from my friend, tho I have no word from him; I expect it when he writes that he is coming; and as the time draws near I anticipate it with pleasure. Compare ABIDE; PREVENT.

    anticipate, expect, forecast, foretaste, hope, look forward to

    despair of, distrust, doubt, doubt, dread, fear, recall, recollect, remember

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. apprehend

    comprehend, understand, take, expect, seize, conceive, arrest, fancy, dread, imagine, presume, anticipate, fear, conjecture

    ignore, miss, lose, misconjecture, misconceive, misapprehend, misanticipate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehendverb

    get the meaning of something

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

    quail at, compass, delve, embrace, toil, grind, dig, nail, drudge, moil, encompass, dig up, arrest, jab, poke, cut into, nab, collar, grasp, prod, travail, labour, get the picture, hollow, stab, cop, hold on, comprehend, turn over, excavate, pick up, perceive, cover, savvy, labor, grok, circumnavigate, dig out

  2. collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, copverb

    take into custody

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

    quail at, cop, uplift, peck, hook, savvy, hear, complete, get, dig, percolate, hold back, nail, glom, nail down, pass with flying colors, perk up, smash, arrest, gather up, get word, nab, snitch, boom, call for, see, find out, turn back, grasp, perk, halt, gain vigor, knock off, ace, compass, receive, sweep through, stop, sail through, get the picture, pinpoint, collar, turn around, get a line, comprehend, lift up, peg, intoxicate, pick up, breeze through, contain, elate, catch, thieve, blast, grok, learn, get wind, hold, collect, discover, check

  3. apprehend, quail atverb

    anticipate with dread or anxiety

    dig, nail, savvy, collar, arrest, pick up, nab, grok, quail at, compass, get the picture, comprehend, grasp, cop

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. apprehendverb

    seize, arrest, take, take prisoner

  2. apprehendverb

    conceive, imagine, see, perceive, believe, know, COMPREHEND

  3. apprehendverb

    fear, dread, think of with fear

  4. apprehendverb

    think, suppose, imagine, conceive, fancy, OPINE, hold, ween, presume, be of opinion, take it, entertain the idea

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. apprehendverb

    arrest, seize, understand, recognize, consider believe, anticipate, dread, fear

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "apprehend":

    arrest, apprehending, detain, stop, capture, apprehension

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How to use apprehend in a sentence?

  1. Scott Richman:

    We must do everything in our power to help authorities identify and apprehend those responsible, and we must also work together in order to prevent these incidents from occurring in the first place, we deserve a safer and more accepting city for all New Yorkers.

  2. Gaston Bachelard:

    To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.

  3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of who the perpetrators are. I have ordered the security forces to use all means at their disposal to apprehend the murderers and bring them to justice.

  4. Greg Abbott:

    I thank the officers who bravely responded to apprehend the suspect, and I assure you that the state of Texas is committed to bringing this killer to justice.

  5. Scott Richman:

    Nobody should be subjected to hateful violence on the streets of New York, we must do everything in our power to help authorities identify and apprehend those responsible, and we must also work together in order to prevent these incidents from occurring in the first place.

Translations for apprehend

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  • долавям, задържам, схващам, хващам, опасявам се, арестувамBulgarian
  • aprehendreCatalan, Valencian
  • pågribeDanish
  • fangen, begreifen, festnehmenGerman
  • entender, temer, capturar, aprehender, coger, detener, comprender, captar, prender, percibirSpanish
  • درک کردنPersian
  • appréhenderFrench
  • vatten, snappen, begrijpenDutch
  • capturar, prender, deter, apreenderPortuguese
  • chapayQuechua
  • арестовать, задержатьRussian
  • pojmiti, bati se, aretirati, prijetiSlovene
  • gripa, greppa, förståSwedish
  • จับกุมThai

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