verb (used with object)
to take into custody; arrest by legal warrant or authority: The police apprehended the burglars.
to grasp the meaning of; understand, especially intuitively; perceive.
to expect with anxiety, suspicion, or fear; anticipate: apprehending violence.
verb (used without object)
to understand.
to be apprehensive, suspicious, or fearful; fear.

1350–1400; Middle English apprehenden < Latin apprehendere to grasp, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + prehendere to seize (pre- pre- + -hendere to grasp)

apprehender, noun
reapprehend, verb
unapprehended, adjective
unapprehending, adjective

apprehend, comprehend. Unabridged
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apprehend (ˌæprɪˈhɛnd)
1.  (tr) to arrest and escort into custody; seize
2.  to perceive or grasp mentally; understand
3.  (tr) to await with fear or anxiety; dread
[C14: from Latin apprehendere to lay hold of]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to grasp in the mind," from L. apprehendere "to take hold of, grasp," from ad- "to" + prehendere "to seize" (see prehensile). Metaphoric extension to "seize with the mind" took place in L., and was the sole sense of cognate O.Fr. aprendre (Mod.Fr. apprendre
"to learn, to be informed about;" also cf. apprentice). Original sense returned in Eng. in meaning "to seize in the name of the law, arrest," recorded from 1540s, which use probably was taken directly from Latin.
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Example sentences
Ward initiated a review of all police procedures used to apprehend, control and
  detain accused persons.
Orders had been sent to apprehend the fugitives.
During that time the police failed to apprehend the man.
People believe they apprehend the world in a rational way.
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