apprehension

Lucky you! Apprehension has three meanings: 1) the capture of a criminal; 2) the understanding of an idea; 3) a fear, doubt, or misgiving.

Given the crook's record of evading arrest, the chief had real apprehensions about being able to catch him again. Eventually though, he lost those misgivings and activated the whole police force in an effort to ensure the felon's apprehension. And it paid off! They caught him red-handed. But it wasn't until he saw the video of the crime in progress that the guy apprehended just how much trouble he was in. It was that apprehension that led him to make a deal with the district attorney.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: apprehension

1
n
fearful expectation or anticipation
2
n
the cognitive condition of someone who understands
3
n
the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: apprehension
1

n fearful expectation or anticipation

“the student looked around the examination room with apprehension
Synonyms:
apprehensiveness, dread
Types:
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trepidation
a feeling of alarm or dread
boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment
a feeling of evil to come
suspense
apprehension about what is going to happen
gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombreness
a feeling of melancholy apprehension
chill, pall
a sudden numbing dread
shadow
a premonition of something adverse
presage
a foreboding about what is about to happen
Type of:
fear, fearfulness, fright
an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

n painful expectation

Synonyms:
misgiving
Type of:
expectation, outlook, prospect
belief about (or mental picture of) the future
2

n the cognitive condition of someone who understands

Synonyms:
discernment, savvy, understanding
Types:
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comprehension
an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)
self-knowledge
an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
smattering
a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
appreciation, grasp, hold
understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
grasping
understanding with difficulty
hindsight
understanding the nature of an event after it has happened
brainstorm, brainwave, insight
the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
realisation, realization, recognition
coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
sense
a natural appreciation or ability
light
mental understanding as an enlightening experience
revelation
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
breakthrough, discovery, find
a productive insight
flash
a sudden brilliant understanding
Type of:
knowing
a clear and certain mental apprehension
3

n the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

Synonyms:
arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody
Type of:
capture, gaining control, seizure
the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
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