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[kom-pri-hend] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to understand the nature or meaning of; grasp with the mind; perceive:
He did not comprehend the significance of the ambassador's remark.
to take in or embrace; include; comprise:
The course will comprehend all facets of Japanese culture.
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.
1. See know1 . 2. See include. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for comprehended
  • The mechanisms behind this concoction, carefully devised though it might be, are not always well comprehended.
  • Until this notion is fully comprehended, the status quo will remain prevalent.
  • His behaviour makes no sense unless its evolution is comprehended.
  • But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted.
  • Large, ornate civic buildings often merit a lawn, because they cannot be visually comprehended close up.
  • It is not to be satisfied till it comprehends the people and is comprehended by them.
  • It's not that complex and you don't have to grab random answers out of thin air for it to be comprehended.
  • The scientific revolution and continued discoveries give knowledge about the universe that can be comprehended and used by all.
  • When a repugnancy is demonstrated between the ideas comprehended in its definition.
  • He comprehended everybody present, in the respectful bow with which he followed these words, and disappeared.
British Dictionary definitions for comprehended


to perceive or understand
(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 comprehended



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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