comprehend Definition

  • 1to understand something completely
  • 2to include or contain something

Using comprehend: Examples

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

  • Example

    I cannot comprehend why he would do such a thing.

  • Example

    The book is difficult to comprehend.

  • Example

    The report comprehends all aspects of the issue.

  • Example

    The new law comprehends a wide range of offenses.

comprehend Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for comprehend

Phrases with comprehend

  • to understand the seriousness or importance of a situation


    It took him a while to comprehend the gravity of the situation.

  • to understand the extent or size of a problem


    It's hard to comprehend the magnitude of the problem without seeing it firsthand.

  • to understand the intricacy or difficulty of an issue


    The team spent weeks trying to comprehend the complexity of the issue.

Origins of comprehend

from Latin 'comprehendere', meaning 'to seize, grasp'


Summary: comprehend in Brief

The verb 'comprehend' [ˌkɒmprɪˈhend] means to fully understand something or to include something. It is often used to describe difficulty in understanding, as in 'The book is difficult to comprehend.' The phrase 'comprehend the gravity of the situation' means to understand the seriousness of a situation, while 'comprehend the complexity of the issue' refers to understanding the intricacy of an issue.

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