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Definition 1: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where apprehension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

Synonyms for apprehension in the sense of this definition

(apprehension is a kind of ...) the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Definition 2: the cognitive condition of someone who understands - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where apprehension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect

Synonyms for apprehension in the sense of this definition

(apprehension is a kind of ...) a clear and certain mental apprehension

(... is a kind of apprehension ) an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)

"how you can do that is beyond my comprehension" "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"

(... is a kind of apprehension ) an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities

(... is a kind of apprehension ) a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

(... is a kind of apprehension ) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

"he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

(... is a kind of apprehension ) understanding with difficulty

"the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"

(... is a kind of apprehension ) understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

"hindsight is always better than foresight"

(... is a kind of apprehension ) the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

(... is a kind of apprehension ) coming to understand something clearly and distinctly

"a growing realization of the risk involved" "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced" "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases"

Definition 3: painful expectation - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for apprehension in the sense of this definition

(apprehension is a kind of ...) belief about (or mental picture of) the future

Definition 4: fearful expectation or anticipation - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where apprehension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the student looked around the examination room with apprehension

Synonyms for apprehension in the sense of this definition

(apprehension is a kind of ...) an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

(... is a kind of apprehension ) a feeling of alarm or dread

(... is a kind of apprehension ) a feeling of evil to come

"a steadily escalating sense of foreboding" "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"

(... is a kind of apprehension ) apprehension about what is going to happen

(... is a kind of apprehension ) a feeling of melancholy apprehension

(... is a kind of apprehension ) a sudden numbing dread

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