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

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

apprehend, comprehend.

1. See know1. 2. See include. Unabridged
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comprehend (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnd)
1.  to perceive or understand
2.  (tr) to comprise or embrace; include
[C14: from Latin comprehendere, from prehendere to seize]

uncomprehending (ˌʌnkɒmprɪˈhɛndɪŋ)
not able to understand; puzzled: a long, uncomprehending look

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "to grasp with the mind," from L. 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" + prehendere "to catch hold of, seize" (see prehensile).
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Example sentences
My hunch is that in a century or two, our descendants will look back on our factory farms with uncomprehending revulsion.
The uncomprehending many are continually being dispersed out into the universe and beyond.
True seizures always leave a patient disoriented and uncomprehending.
But the tension always derives from the seesaw of perception between uncomprehending awe and fleeting instances of recognition.
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