- 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
Synonyms for comprehend
Examples from the Web for uncomprehendingly
Historical Examples of uncomprehendingly
Dimly and uncomprehendingly she heard Emily trying to thank their visitor.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
He raised his eyes to her for a moment, then slowly lowered them, uncomprehendingly.Life Sentence
She took the piece of paper in her hand, then looked at it and at him, uncomprehendingly.Good Old Anna
Marie Belloc Lowndes
Madeline asked in return; and each looked at the other uncomprehendingly.Jewel Weed
Alice Ames Winter
For a moment she looked at him uncomprehendingly, and then her eyes shifted to the gelding.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
- to perceive or understand
- (tr) to comprise or embrace; include
Word Origin for comprehend
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.