comprehend

[ kom-pri-hend ]
/ ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛnd /

verb (used with object)

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.

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Origin of comprehend

1350–1400; Middle English comprehenden < Latin comprehendere, equivalent to com- com- + prehendere to grasp; see prehensile

SYNONYMS FOR comprehend

1 See know1.
2 See include.

OTHER WORDS FROM comprehend

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH comprehend

apprehend comprehend
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British Dictionary definitions for comprehended

comprehend
/ (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnd) /

verb

to perceive or understand
(tr) to comprise or embrace; include

Word Origin for comprehend

C14: from Latin comprehendere, from prehendere to seize
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