Adjective "apprehend" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Arrest (someone) for a crime.
  1. 'A bike thief was prevented from taking a Barnes resident for a ride last month when he was apprehended by two Police Officers who had raced to the scene on their bicycles.'
  2. 'Eventually, news reached the Captain, who dispatched a gunnery sergeant and a squad of Marines with non-defective handcuffs to apprehend her.'
  3. 'During the follow-up interviews, one subject admitted that he was apprehended via an arrest warrant.'
  4. 'As he attempted to leave the room, he was apprehended.'
  5. 'North Yorkshire Police said he was apprehended in the city on that date.'
  6. 'That is the period between the fire and when he was apprehended.'
  7. 'However, he was apprehended and arraigned and pleaded guilty.'
  8. 'Because she didn't seem to be armed, police cars did not apprehend her as she alternated between stops and starts and conversations with curious bystanders.'
  9. 'He was eventually apprehended by British police who had rushed 12 miles up the service tunnel to cut him off.'
  10. 'He was apprehended because of what police are calling community policing.'
Understand or perceive.
  1. 'He posits that ‘understandings can only be apprehended and appreciated if they are performed by a student’.'
  2. 'More interestingly, I saw visual studies as a profoundly contextual approach to apprehending the social meaning of representation and visual culture.'
  3. 'These pleasures may help us to apprehend and understand such horrors, but they can only do so if they are entertaining.'
  4. 'Consider for a moment how few sports allow us to apprehend the world outside our doors.'
  5. 'Fail to visit the sick, and you fail to apprehend your own journey from birth to death.'
  6. 'Instead, one is confronted by visual confusion, conscious of the physical self caught in the act of apprehending through the senses without understanding via the intellect.'
  7. 'Knowing, by contrast, refers to mental states' faculty to perceive or apprehend what appears.'
  8. 'Similarly, many of us work to reposition our analyses, no matter what their regional focus, both to reduce the United States and to enlarge it, always with the goal of accurately apprehending gender, culture, history and power.'
  9. 'It is only through the force of the emotionally apprehended that he can perceive the world.'
  10. 'There would be no time to turn away, no time to act, yet there would be time to perceive and apprehend.'
  11. 'he is a man that apprehends death no more dreadfully but as a drunken sleep'
  12. 'Information gathered by them revealed that he was persuaded to cancel his visit today by the state government as it apprehended major controversy.'

More definitions

1. to take into custody; arrest by legal warrant or authority: The police apprehended the burglars.

2. to grasp the meaning of; understand, especially intuitively; perceive.

3. to expect with anxiety, suspicion, or fear; anticipate: apprehending violence. verb (used without object)

4. to understand.

5. to be apprehensive, suspicious, or fearful; fear.

More examples(as adjective)

"subjects can be apprehend."

"people can be apprehend."


Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘grasp, get hold of (physically or mentally’)): from French appréhender or Latin apprehendere, from ad- ‘towards’ + prehendere ‘lay hold of’.