SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of comprehend 1350–1400; Middle English comprehenden
to grasp; see
prehensile Related forms com·pre·hend·er, noun com·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverb non·com·pre·hend·ing, adjective non·com·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverb pre·com·pre·hend, verb (used with object) self-com·pre·hend·ing, adjective un·com·pre·hend·ed, adjective un·com·pre·hend·ing, adjective un·com·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverb well-com·pre·hend·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for comprehender 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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Word Origin and History for comprehender v.
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.
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