apprehend /aprɪˈhɛnd/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. arrest (someone) for a crime

a warrant was issued but he has not been apprehended.
2. understand or perceive

we enter a field of vision we could not otherwise apprehend.
‹archaic› anticipate (something) with uneasiness or fear.

he is a man that apprehends death no more dreadfully but as a drunken sleep.
– origin late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘grasp, get hold of (physically or mentally’)): from French appréhender or Latin apprehendere, from ad- ‘towards’ + prehendere ‘lay hold of’.

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