- 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.
- 2apprehend something (old-fashioned) to understand or recognize something He was slow to apprehend danger. Word Origin late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘grasp, get hold of (physically or mentally)’): from French appréhender or Latin apprehendere, from ad-
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//