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comprehend

[kom-pri-hend] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to understand the nature or meaning of; grasp with the mind; perceive:
He did not comprehend the significance of the ambassador's remark.
2.
to take in or embrace; include; comprise:
The course will comprehend all facets of Japanese culture.
Origin of comprehend
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English comprehenden < Latin comprehendere, equivalent to com- com- + prehendere to grasp; see prehensile
Related forms
comprehender, noun
comprehendingly, adverb
noncomprehending, adjective
noncomprehendingly, adverb
precomprehend, verb (used with object)
self-comprehending, adjective
uncomprehended, adjective
uncomprehending, adjective
uncomprehendingly, adverb
well-comprehended, adjective
Can be confused
apprehend, comprehend.
Synonyms
1. See know1 . 2. See include.
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  • Man must not look to be able to comprehend the ways of God—they are above him.

    A Forgotten Hero Emily Sarah Holt
  • But we must not expect with our finite mind to comprehend the infinite God.

  • But it only replied by a silent tear, and a look of strange meaning, which he could not comprehend.

  • She did not comprehend that Martin definitely did not want it changed.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • That's why I say so few among us ever comprehend the motives attributed to us in romance or in that parody of it called realism.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for comprehend

comprehend

/ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnd/
verb
1.
to perceive or understand
2.
(transitive) to comprise or embrace; include
Word Origin
C14: from Latin comprehendere, from prehendere to seize
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Word Origin and History for comprehend
v.

mid-14c., "to understand," from Latin comprehendere "to take together, to unite; include; seize" (of catching fire or the arrest of criminals); also "to comprehend, perceive" (to seize or take in the mind), from com- "completely" (see com-) + prehendere "to catch hold of, seize" (see prehensile). Related: Comprehended; comprehending.

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