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’.