apprehend Definition

  • 1to arrest someone for a crime
  • 2to understand or perceive something

Using apprehend: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "apprehend" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police apprehended the suspect.

  • Example

    I can't apprehend why she would do such a thing.

  • Example

    It took me a while to apprehend the meaning of the poem.

apprehend Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with apprehend

  • to understand the situation


    It's important to apprehend the situation before making any decisions.

  • to arrest the suspect


    The police were able to apprehend the suspect after a short chase.

  • to understand the meaning


    It can be difficult to apprehend the meaning of a poem without analyzing it first.

Origins of apprehend

from Latin 'apprehendere', meaning 'to seize'


Summary: apprehend in Brief

'Apprehend' [ˌæprɪˈhend] is a verb that has two main meanings: to arrest someone for a crime, and to understand or perceive something. Examples include 'The police apprehended the suspect' and 'It took me a while to apprehend the meaning of the poem.' 'Apprehend' can also be used in phrases like 'apprehend the situation' and 'apprehend the meaning,' which respectively mean to understand the situation and to understand the meaning.