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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: apprehendere 'to take hold of', from ad- 'to' + prehendere 'to seize'

apprehend

verb
     
ap‧pre‧hend [transitive]
1 formal if the police apprehend a criminal, they catch him or her [= arrest]:
The police have failed to apprehend the culprits.
2 old-fashioned to understand something:
They were slow to apprehend the danger.

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