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Definition of apprehend:

  1. Hence: To take or seize ( a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
  2. To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
  3. To be apprehensive; to fear.
  4. To know or learn with certainty.
  5. To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.
  6. To take or seize; to take hold of.
  7. To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.


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