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Synonyms for apprehend
ˌæp rɪˈhɛnd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend(verb)

    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, cop(verb)

    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 at(verb)

    anticipate with dread or anxiety

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


  1. apprehend(verb)

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

  2. apprehend(verb)

    To take or seize; to take hold of.

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

  3. apprehend(verb)

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

    to apprehend a criminal.

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

  4. apprehend(verb)

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

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

  5. apprehend(verb)

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

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

  6. apprehend(verb)

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

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

  7. apprehend(verb)

    To be apprehensive; to fear.

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. apprehend(v. a.)

    seize, arrest, take, take prisoner

  2. apprehend(v. a.)

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

  3. apprehend(v. a.)

    fear, dread, think of with fear

  4. apprehend(v. n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. apprehend(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    arrest, apprehending, detain, stop, capture, apprehension

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How to use apprehend in a sentence?

  1. Alfred North Whitehead:

    Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.

  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. H. G. Wells:

    I see knowledge increasing and human power increasing. I see ever-increasing possibilities before life, And I see no limits set to it at all, Existence impresses me as a perpetual dawn. Our lives, as I apprehend, are great in expectations.

  4. Daniel Webster:

    I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe ... Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. -- From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.

  5. Charles Babbage:

    On two occasions I have been asked, – "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" In one case a member of the Upper, and in the other a member of the Lower, House put this question. I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

Translations for apprehend

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  • задържам, арестувам, опасявам се, долавям, хващам, схващамBulgarian
  • aprehendreCatalan, Valencian
  • festnehmen, fangen, begreifenGerman
  • comprender, captar, prender, percibir, aprehender, capturar, entender, temer, coger, detenerSpanish
  • درک کردنPersian
  • appréhenderFrench
  • begrijpen, vatten, snappenDutch
  • deter, prender, capturar, apreenderPortuguese
  • chapayQuechua
  • задержать, арестоватьRussian
  • aretirati, pojmiti, prijeti, bati seSlovene
  • gripa, förstå, greppaSwedish

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