- to take into custody; arrest by legal warrant or authority: The police apprehended the burglars.
- to grasp the meaning of; understand, especially intuitively; perceive.
- to expect with anxiety, suspicion, or fear; anticipate: apprehending violence.
- to understand.
- to be apprehensive, suspicious, or fearful; fear.
Origin of apprehend
Examples from the Web for unapprehended
One of these things is not said amiss; and I think also that the other is not unapprehended by me.Essays and Miscellanies
And for himself something, he could not adequately tell what, was as clear to him as a road of light to unapprehended certainties.Old Crow
All day, while bustling about other matters, he had groped toward this unapprehended thought.
The Colonel had moreover a sense of security that unapprehended malefactors cannot feel.A Republic Without a President and Other Stories
It awakens and enlarges the mind itself by rendering it the receptacle of a thousand unapprehended combinations of thought.Special Method in the Reading of Complete English Classics
- (tr) to arrest and escort into custody; seize
- to perceive or grasp mentally; understand
- (tr) to await with fear or anxiety; dread
Word Origin and History for unapprehended
mid-14c., "to grasp in the senses or mind," from Old French aprendre (12c.) "teach; learn; take, grasp; acquire," or directly from Latin apprehendere "to take hold of, grasp," from ad- "to" + prehendere "to seize" (see prehensile). Metaphoric extension to "seize with the mind" took place in Latin, and was the sole sense of cognate Old French aprendre (Modern French apprendre "to learn, to be informed about;" also cf. apprentice). Original sense returned in English in meaning "to seize in the name of the law, arrest," recorded from 1540s, which use probably was taken directly from Latin. Related: Apprehended; apprehending.