- 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 uncomprehending
The creature looked about him in a dazed, uncomprehending manner.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Note the shallow and uncomprehending notice of this picture by Fuseli.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
He watched for the effect: Massy seemed dazed, uncomprehending.End of the Tether
Olive looked at him uncomprehending, but he seemed to shrink from her observation.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
With dull, uncomprehending gaze James Moore stared as bidden.Bob, Son of Battle
- not able to understand; puzzleda long, uncomprehending look
- to perceive or understand
- (tr) to comprise or embrace; include
Word Origin and History for uncomprehending
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.