apprehension /aprɪˈhɛnʃ(ə)n/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen

he felt sick with apprehension
[ count noun]
she had some apprehensions about the filming.
2. understanding; grasp

his first apprehension of such large issues.
3. the action of arresting someone

they acted with intent to prevent lawful apprehension.
– origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘learning, acquisition of knowledge’): from late Latin apprehensio(n-), from apprehendere ‘seize, grasp’ (see apprehend).

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