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



BrE BrE//ˌkɒmprɪˈhensɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmprɪˈhensɪv//
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(also comprehensive school) (informal comp) (in Britain) a secondary school for young people of all levels of ability See related entries: Types of school Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French compréhensif, -ive, from late Latin comprehensivus, from the verb comprehendere ‘grasp mentally’.