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 for Apprehend
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apprehend \Ap`pre*hend"\ ([a^]p`pr[-e]*h[e^]nd"), v. t. [imp. &
     p. p. Apprehended; p. pr. & vb. n. Apprehending.] [L.
     apprehendere; ad + prehendere to lay hold of, seize; prae
     before + -hendere (used only in comp.); akin to Gr.
     chanda`nein to hold, contain, and E. get: cf. F.
     appr['e]hender. See Prehensile, Get.]
     1. To take or seize; to take hold of. [Archaic]
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              We have two hands to apprehend it.    --Jer. Taylor.
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     2. Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to
        arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
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     3. To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to
        conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to
        understand; to recognize; to consider.
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              This suspicion of Earl Reimund, though at first but
              a buzz, soon got a sting in the king's head, and he
              violently apprehended it.             --Fuller.
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              The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended
              them.                                 --Gladstone.
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     4. To know or learn with certainty. [Obs.]
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              G. You are too much distrustful of my truth.
              E. Then you must give me leave to apprehend
              The means and manner how.             --Beau. & Fl.
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     5. To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or
        fear; to fear.
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              The opposition had more reason than the king to
              apprehend violence.                   --Macaulay.
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     Syn: To catch; seize; arrest; detain; capture; conceive;
          understand; imagine; believe; fear; dread.
     Usage: To Apprehend, Comprehend. These words come into
            comparison as describing acts of the mind. Apprehend
            denotes the laying hold of a thing mentally, so as to
            understand it clearly, at least in part. Comprehend
            denotes the embracing or understanding it in all its
            compass and extent. We may apprehended many truths
            which we do not comprehend. The very idea of God
            supposes that he may be apprehended, though not
            comprehended, by rational beings. "We may apprehended
            much of Shakespeare's aim and intention in the
            character of Hamlet or King Lear; but few will claim
            that they have comprehended all that is embraced in
            these characters." --Trench.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apprehend \Ap`pre*hend"\, v. i.
     1. To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to
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     2. To be apprehensive; to fear.
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              It is worse to apprehend than to suffer. --Rowe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the
           meaning of this letter?" [syn: grok, get the picture,
           comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass,
      2: take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected
         criminals" [syn: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest,
         pick up, nab, cop]
      3: anticipate with dread or anxiety [syn: apprehend, quail

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  111 Moby Thesaurus words for "apprehend":
     absorb, accept, anticipate, appreciate, arrest, assimilate,
     be acquainted with, be afraid, be apprised of, be aware of,
     be cognizant of, be conscious of, be conversant with, be informed,
     be sensible of, be with one, bode, bust, capture, catch, catch on,
     cognize, collar, compass, comprehend, conceive, conceptualize,
     cotton to, croak, detain, dig, digest, discern, divine, dread,
     experience, eye askance, fathom, fear, feel, follow, forebode,
     foreknow, forewarn, get, get hold of, get the drift, get the idea,
     get the picture, grab, grasp, have, have a premonition,
     have a presentiment, have information about, have it taped,
     have knowledge of, have qualms, hear, ken, know, learn, look black,
     lower, make an arrest, make out, master, menace, misgive, nab, net,
     penetrate, perceive, pick up, pinch, portend, possess,
     preapprehend, prehend, prevision, pull in, put under arrest, read,
     realize, recognize, respond, respond to stimuli, run in, savvy,
     see, seize, seize the meaning, sense, sit upon thorns, smell,
     stand aghast, take, take captive, take in, take into custody,
     take prisoner, taste, threaten, touch, tumble to, twig, understand,
     visualize, warn, wot, wot of

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