• To take or seize; to take hold of.
  • To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.
  • To anticipate; especially, to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
  • To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
  • To be apprehensive; to fear.


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  • From Middle English apprehenden, from Old French apprehender (compare modern French appréhender), from Latin apprehendere. Compare Spanish aprehender.

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