Definition of apprehend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    apprehend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhend//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they apprehend
    BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhend//
     
    he / she / it apprehends
    BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhendz//
     
    past simple apprehended
    BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhendɪd//
     
    past participle apprehended
    BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhendɪd//
     
    -ing form apprehending
    BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhendɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1apprehend somebody (of the police) to catch somebody and arrest them The police apprehended an armed suspect near the scene of the crime. The thief was apprehended in the act of stealing a car.
  2. 2apprehend something (old-fashioned) to understand or recognize something He was slow to apprehend danger.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘grasp, get hold of (physically or mentally)’): from French appréhender or Latin apprehendere, from ad- ‘towards’ + prehendere ‘lay hold of’.
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