transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French comprendre, comprehendre, from Latin comprehendere, from com- + prehendere to grasp — more at get Date: 14th century 1. to grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of <
unable to comprehend what has happened
2. to contain or hold within a total scope, significance, or amount <
philosophy's scope comprehends the truth of everything which man may understand — H. O. Taylor
3. to include by construction or implication <
does not prudence comprehend all the virtues? — Thomas B. Silver
Synonyms: see understand, includecomprehendible adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • comprehend — com|pre|hend [ˌkɔmprıˈhend US ˌka:m ] v [I,T not in progressive] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: comprehendere to take hold of completely , from com ( COM ) + prehendere ( PREHENSILE)] to understand something that is complicated or difficult …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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