Definition of apprehension noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhenʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhenʃn//
    Solving crime, Fear
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] worry or fear that something unpleasant may happen synonym anxiety There is growing apprehension that fighting will begin again. He watched the election results with some apprehension. There is apprehension about the safety of the missing children. They shivered with apprehension. See related entries: Fear
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the act of capturing or arresting somebody, usually by the police the apprehension of the terrorists in the early hours of this morning See related entries: Solving crime
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘learning, acquisition of knowledge’): from late Latin apprehensio(n-), from apprehendere ‘seize, grasp’, from ad- ‘towards’ + prehendere ‘lay hold of’.Extra examples Marisa seemed to sense my growing apprehension. School reports are always received with some apprehension. She felt some apprehension at the thought of seeing him again. The change in the law has caused apprehension among many people. There is great apprehension for the future. There were still areas of doubt and her apprehension grew. They were filled with apprehension as they approached the building. her apprehension about being in hospital She felt some apprehension at seeing him again.
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