Definition of apprehend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    apprehend

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhɛnd//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they apprehend
     
    he / she / it apprehends
     
    past simple apprehended
     
    -ing form apprehending
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2apprehend something (old-fashioned) to understand or recognize something He was slow to apprehend danger.
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