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 < Latin comprehendere, equivalent to com- com- + prehendere to grasp; see prehensile
Related formscom·pre·hend·er, nouncom·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverbnon·com·pre·hend·ing, adjectivenon·com·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverbpre·com·pre·hend, verb (used with object)self-com·pre·hend·ing, adjectiveun·com·pre·hend·ed, adjectiveun·com·pre·hend·ing, adjectiveun·com·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverbwell-com·pre·hend·ed, adjective
Can be confusedapprehend comprehend

Synonyms for comprehend

1. See know1. 2. See include. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

    James McConnell

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for uncomprehendingly



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 uncomprehendingly



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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