[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. compound time,
  2. compound-complex sentence,
  3. compound-wound,
  4. compounded,
  5. comprador,
  6. comprehendible,
  7. comprehensible,
  8. comprehension,
  9. comprehensive,
  10. comprehensive school

Origin of comprehend

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

Related forms
Can be confusedapprehend comprehend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for uncomprehending

British Dictionary definitions for uncomprehending


/ (ˌʌnkɒmprɪˈhɛndɪŋ) /


not able to understand; puzzleda long, uncomprehending look


/ (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnd) /


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 uncomprehending
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