- to understand the nature or meaning of; grasp with the mind; perceive: He did not comprehend the significance of the ambassador's remark.
- to take in or embrace; include; comprise: The course will comprehend all facets of Japanese culture.
Origin of comprehend
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Examples from the Web for comprehending
I'm okay with people not comprehending or appreciating every single thing we did.Palin's Enforcer Bails Out
February 26, 2010
"Give Mrs. Bowlder my regards," said the journalist, comprehending the symbolism.The Gentleman From Indiana
"No, it mightn't," her mother replied, comprehending easily.Alice Adams
Surprised, not yet comprehending, he looked at the object which she held toward him.Doctor Pascal
Did you ever set yourself to comprehending why Marie Stuart married Bothwell?The Market-Place
"My name's Jenny West," she said, comprehending the request.The Crooked House
- to perceive or understand
- (tr) to comprise or embrace; include
Word Origin and History for comprehending
mid-14c., "to understand," from Latin comprehendere "to take together, to unite; include; seize" (of catching fire or the arrest of criminals); also "to comprehend, perceive" (to seize or take in the mind), from com- "completely" (see com-) + prehendere "to catch hold of, seize" (see prehensile). Related: Comprehended; comprehending.