Apprehend

Definition of Apprehend

Ap`pre`hend´   Pronunciation: ăp`prė`hĕnd´
v. t.1.To take or seize; to take hold of.
[imp. & p. p. Apprehended; p. pr. & vb. n. Apprehending.]
We have two hands to apprehend it.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
3.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.
- Fuller.
The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended them.
- Gladstone.
4.To know or learn with certainty.
G. You are too much distrustful of my truth.
E. Then you must give me leave to apprehend
The means and manner how.
- Beau. & Fl.
5.To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
The opposition had more reason than the king to apprehend violence.
- Macaulay.
v. i.1.To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
2.To be apprehensive; to fear.
It is worse to apprehend than to suffer.
- Rowe.

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