from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp. See Synonyms at apprehend.
- transitive v. To take in as a part; include. See Synonyms at include.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To contain; to embrace; to include.
- transitive v. To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
- transitive v. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take in, include, or embrace within a certain scope; include.
- To include within limits of any kind; especially, to include in the constitution or nature.
- To include in meaning or in logical scope.
- To take into the mind; grasp by the understanding; possess or have in idea; understand the force, nature, or character of; conceive; know sufficiently for a given purpose; specifically, to understand in one of the higher degrees of completeness: as, to comprehend an allusion, a word, or a person.
- To take together; sum up.
- Synonyms To contain.
- Apprehend, Comprehend (see apprehend), discern, perceive, see, catch.
- To take hold; take root; take.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get the meaning of something
- v. to become aware of through the senses
- v. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
Middle English comprehenden, from Latin comprehendere : com-, com- + prehendere, to grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin comprehendere ("to grasp"), from the prefix com-, + prehendere ("to seize"). (Wiktionary)