American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp. See Synonyms at apprehend.
- v. To take in as a part; include. See Synonyms at include.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take in, include, or embrace within a certain scope; include. To include within a certain extent of space or time: as, New England comprehends six States; the most notable events were comprehended in the last ten years of the century.
- To include within limits of any kind; especially, to include in the constitution or nature.
- To include in meaning or in logical scope.
- To take into the mind; grasp by the understanding; possess or have in idea; understand the force, nature, or character of; conceive; know sufficiently for a given purpose; specifically, to understand in one of the higher degrees of completeness: as, to comprehend an allusion, a word, or a person.
- To take together; sum up.
- Synonyms To contain.
- Apprehend, Comprehend (see apprehend), discern, perceive, see, catch.
- To take hold; take root; take.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To contain; to embrace; to include.
- v. To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
- v. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
- v. get the meaning of something
- v. to become aware of through the senses
- v. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
- From Latin comprehendere ("to grasp"), from the prefix com-, + prehendere ("to seize"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English comprehenden, from Latin comprehendere : com-, com- + prehendere, to grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And under no latitude of construction will the term comprehend consuls.”
“What these persons fail to comprehend is that the rules were written by God, and God does not allow any of these 4 tactics.”
“Of course, what nobody can comprehend, is how the IDF has managed to dehumanize the Palestinians to such extent that they can brutal kill women and children.”
“Our country, in case you are too stupid to comprehend, is being ruined by the policies of this administration.”
“What I cannot comprehend is how gullible people are.”
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“What they can't seem to comprehend is that it's not being done that way anymore, despite their repeated and adamant assertions to the contrary.”
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