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

     

    comprehension

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmprɪˈhenʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmprɪˈhenʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the ability to understand speech and comprehension His behaviour was completely beyond comprehension (= impossible to understand). She had no comprehension of what was involved.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] an exercise that trains students to understand a language listening comprehension a reading comprehension
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from French compréhension or Latin comprehensio(n-), from the verb comprehendere ‘seize, comprise’, from com- ‘together’ + prehendere ‘grasp’.Extra examples He showed a total lack of comprehension. She has no comprehension of the seriousness of the situation. The level of violence used defies comprehension. There are exercises for checking comprehension. We did a listening comprehension. Why he can’t do it himself is beyond my comprehension. He looked at her with a total lack of comprehension. His behaviour was beyond comprehension. She has no comprehension of what was involved. The task requires a good comprehension of complex instructions.
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