prehend-, prehens-

(Latin: to clasp, seize; reach, attain; hold, take)

apprehend (verb), apprehends; apprehended; apprehending
1. To take into custody; to arrest: "The police officer apprehended the robber just as he was leaving the scene of the crime."
2. To grasp mentally; understand: "Alice was a candidate who apprehends the significance of geopolitical issues."
3. To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; to perceive or to understand something: "It was easy for TV viewers to apprehend the sorrow and sadness that was expressed by the parents of so many children who died when the boat they were in turned over and sank in the water."
apprehender (s) (noun), apprehenders (pl)
1. Someone who seizes or arrests another person in the name of justice: "In a short time, the policeman was praised for being the apprehender of the criminal."
2. A person who knows or understands: "Mark was the most qualified apprehender of the chemical process for the new medicine because no one else could come up with a product that is as good as his."
apprehending (adjective), more apprehending, most apprehending
apprehensible (adjective), more apprehensible, most apprehensible
Capable of being understood or apprehended: apprehensible truths.
apprehensibly (adverb), more apprehensibly, mostapprehensibly
apprehension (ap" ri HEN shuhn) (s) (noun), apprehensions (pl)
1. Anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil: Even though the weather forecaster warned people not to drive because of the extremely slippery roads following the snow storm, Greg had to drive to work and so he was full of apprehension that he might have an accident on the way.
2. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread: Many people have apprehensions regarding the coming times in the world because of the many continuous wars and terrorist attacks among so many countries.
3. The faculty, ability, or act of intuitive understanding; perceptions on a direct and immediate level: Finally the moment of apprehension arrived when the students had their individual questions answered by the teacher.
4. Acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment about its validity, often without complete comprehension: Sometimes the lectures were very difficult to understand and the apprehension of the content was quite meager, but the students did their best anyway at believing what the professor said!
5. A view, opinion, or idea on any subject: The apprehensions the designer had about modernizing the couple's home had to be discussed in detail before they were convinced of its necessity.
6. The act of arresting, seizing, or capturing; a seizure; an arrest: The apprehension of the culprit was published in the local newspaper and soon all the neighbors knew who it was and were glad that he wasn't running around town anymore.
apprehensive (adjective), more apprehensive, most apprehensive
1. Anxious or fearful about the future: Peter felt most apprehensive about whether he passed his high school exams and could go to college in the fall.
2. Uneasy or fearful about something that might happen soon: Shirley was apprehensive about the potential of a severe snowstorm on the night of her concert recital.
3. Capable of understanding and quick to learn or of being perceptive: Harry's apprehensive mind quickly analyzed the mechanical problem of the car.
Dreading what is about to happen.
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Anxious or afraid of what is going on.
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Fearful that something bad will happen.
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apprehensively (adverb), more apprehensively, most apprehensively
In an apprehensive manner; with apprehension of danger.
apprehensiveness (s) (noun) (no plural form)
1. The quality or state of being apprehensive.
2. Fearful expectation or anticipation
apprentice (s) (noun), apprentices (pl)
1. Someone who is bound by a legal agreement to serve another person for a fixed period of time in order to learn a trade or a business: The apprentice of the silversmith had signed a four-year agreement to work and to learn how to develop skills in making articles out of silver as a professional craftsman.
2. Any learner or beginner: The dog was an apprentice, learning to be a seeing-eye dog for a young blind girl.
3. Etymology: from Old French aprentiz, "someone learning", from aprendre, (Modern French apprendre) "to learn, to teach"; contracted from Latin apprehendere, "to take hold of, to grasp"; from ad-, "to" + prehendere, "to seize".
Someone who is learning a trade or a profession.
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apprenticeship (s) (noun), apprenticeships (pl)
1. A position as an apprentice: "He obtained an apprenticeship with a carpenter."
2. The period of time when a person is an apprentice: "He served a two-year apprenticeship."
apprise (verb), apprises; apprised; apprising
To give information to someone, to inform: Mike wanted to be apprised of the cost of the trip to Hawaii.

After the medical examination, Mildred asked the doctor to please apprise her of the results as soon as he gets them.

To notify or to inform.
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appriser (s) (noun), apprisers (pl)
comprehend (verb), comprehends; comprehended; comprehending
1. To recognize the nature or essence of something; to grasp with the mind; to fathom: After Jill’s accident, and while she was in hospital, her friend Jane talked to her and finally comprehended what had caused this terrible tragedy and what it meant for her family.
2. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of a situation; to mentally perceive and to understand what is going on: Mr. Smith explained the algebra assignment many times and finally the students comprehended how to solve the related mathematical problems.
To undrstand or to know something mentally.
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comprehensibility (s) (noun), comprehensibilities (pl)