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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. Dos Santos:

    Violence engenders more violence, i think the duty of the police officer is to catch, apprehend and for the justice to judge.

  3. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    Our nation faces a host of serious, varied and evolving challenges. Our highest priority must always be the security of our homeland, and we are acting aggressively to diffuse threats, we continue to investigate and apprehend those who seek to harm us, including upwards of 70 individuals charged since 2013 for conduct related to foreign fighter activity, and home-grown violent extremism.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Mexico has been absolutely terrific in the past four days. they're apprehending everybody. Yesterday they apprehended 1,400 people. The day before it was a thousand. And if they apprehend people at their southern border, that's a big home run.

  5. Stephen Miller:

    The problem with the statement that youre apprehending 80 or 90 percent of drugs at ports of entry -- thats like saying you apprehend most contraband at TSA checkpoints at airports, you apprehend the contraband there because thats where you have the people, the screeners. I assure you if we had screeners of that same density across every single inch and mile of the southern border, youd have more drugs interdicted in those areas.

Translations for apprehend

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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