- 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 comprehended
Then suddenly I comprehended, and sprang through the hallway to the marble room.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Again pictures provided some insight, but I was never too sure what he comprehended.When My Husband Lost His Memory, I Had to Win His Love Anew
December 8, 2011
He read between the lines, and comprehended the hidden meaning at once.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
She comprehended only too well that it was not that alone which had crushed her.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
How shall those beauties be valued, which cannot be comprehended?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The glance with which she comprehended the renovated shop was bitter with contempt.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"Yes," was the answer, as Bart comprehended what Sandy meant.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- to perceive or understand
- (tr) to comprise or embrace; include
Word Origin and History for comprehended
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.