- 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 apprehend
Somebody yanks Chan and elbows him and he is momentarily distracted trying to apprehend his assailant.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
In the script I worked on, a man pursues a woman in order to apprehend her husband.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
As the OSS pieced together the Operation Bernhard network, it made plans to apprehend those participants not already in custody.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
Boya Dee live-tweeted the moments after the attack when police arrived to apprehend the suspects—injuring both.Rapper Live-Tweets London 'Terror' Attack
May 22, 2013
Finally, even if the court did decide to pursue charges, it would be unable to apprehend wanted suspects.Who's Afraid Of The ICC?
Mark Leon Goldberg
November 28, 2012
And well might they apprehend so:—For who do you think he is?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Nor let any one apprehend that this subject can ever become trite and vulgar.
"Much the same, I apprehend, as to the rich," answered M'Leod.
Manifest no distrust, or you may invite the danger you appear to apprehend.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
If it be for what I apprehend it to be, life will not be supportable upon the terms.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- (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 apprehend
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.