- 1 apprehend somebody (of the police) to catch someone 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.
NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhɛnd//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they apprehend
he / she / it apprehends
past simple apprehended
-ing form apprehending