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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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  • He looked at her uncomprehendingly, seemingly failing to recognize her.

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  • He stared at it uncomprehendingly and then a cold sweat stood on his wrinkled brow.

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British Dictionary definitions for uncomprehendingly

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 uncomprehendingly

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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