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[ap-ri-hend] /ˌæp rɪˈhɛnd/
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)
Related forms
apprehender, noun
reapprehend, verb
unapprehended, adjective
unapprehending, adjective
Can be confused
apprehend, comprehend. Unabridged
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  • The local news reported several days later that the suspect had not been apprehended and his whereabouts were unknown.
  • Unless their present importance and limitations be clearly apprehended, their future development cannot be apprehended.
  • The prison system, and the society as a whole, couldn't sustain every apprehended joint smoker doing a dime in the slammer.
  • Later, agents raid a suspected stash house, and four immigrants are apprehended at a motel.
  • Among those apprehended were prominent farmers, veterinarians, a pilot and even individuals involved in wildlife management.
  • These poachers have not yet been apprehended, but the search will continue.
  • If they check into a hospital under their own name, they might be quickly apprehended by law enforcement.
  • McNair zigged and zagged for several minutes, twice crossing a state highway, before he was apprehended.
  • For exercising it, he suffered imprisonment in the past and now has been apprehended again.
  • No one has been convicted of these killings, even in the rare instances when the police have apprehended suspects.
British Dictionary definitions for apprehended


(transitive) to arrest and escort into custody; seize
to perceive or grasp mentally; understand
(transitive) to await with fear or anxiety; dread
Word Origin
C14: from Latin apprehendere to lay hold of
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Word Origin and History for apprehended



mid-14c., "to grasp in the senses or mind," from Old French aprendre (12c.) "teach; learn; take, grasp; acquire," or directly from Latin apprehendere "to take hold of, grasp," from ad- "to" + prehendere "to seize" (see prehensile). Metaphoric extension to "seize with the mind" took place in Latin, and was the sole sense of cognate Old French aprendre (Modern French apprendre "to learn, to be informed about;" also cf. apprentice). Original sense returned in English in meaning "to seize in the name of the law, arrest," recorded from 1540s, which use probably was taken directly from Latin. Related: Apprehended; apprehending.

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