comprehend

To comprehend something is to understand it, like when you have to read a difficult passage more than once in order to comprehend it.

When you comprehend something, you grasp its meaning. Comprehend is a verb that originates from the Latin word comprehendere, which means “catch or seize.” When an idea is clear to you and you understand it completely, you comprehend it, like doing extra problems to make sure you comprehend a difficult algebra rule, or finding it hard to comprehend why someone would paint his house neon yellow.

Primary Meanings of comprehend

1.
v
get the meaning of something
2.
v
include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
Full Definitions of comprehend
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v get the meaning of something

“Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?”
Synonyms:
apprehend, compass, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy
Types:
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figure
understand
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, tumble, twig
understand, usually after some initial difficulty
intuit
know or grasp by intuition or feeling
digest
arrange and integrate in the mind
Type of:
understand
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

v become aware of through the senses

Synonyms:
perceive
Types:
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feel, sense
perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
apperceive
perceive in terms of a past experience
pick up, receive
register (perceptual input)
divine
perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers
hallucinate
perceive what is not there; have illusions
misperceive
perceive incorrectly
catch, pick up
perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
dream
experience while sleeping
ache, hurt, suffer
feel physical pain
smell
inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
touch
perceive via the tactile sense
see
perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight
sight, spy
catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
hear
perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
listen
hear with intention
taste
perceive by the sense of taste
find
perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place
see through
perceive the true nature of
hear
receive a communication from someone
chiromance
divine by reading someone's palms
catch, get
suffer from the receipt of
glimpse
catch a glimpse of or see briefly
twinge
feel a sudden sharp, local pain
prick, sting, twinge
cause a stinging pain
sniff, whiff
perceive by inhaling through the nose
nose, scent, wind
catch the scent of; get wind of
snuff, snuffle
sniff or smell inquiringly
get a noseful, get a whiff
smell strongly and intensely
see
see and understand, have a good eye
catch a glimpse, catch sight, get a look
see something for a brief time
behold, lay eyes on
see with attention
see double
see things as if they were there twice
descry, espy, spot, spy
catch sight of
detect, discover, find, notice, observe
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
hear out
listen to every detail and give a full hearing to
listen in
listen quietly, without contributing to the conversation
advert, attend, give ear, hang, pay heed
give heed (to)
catch, overhear, take in
hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
catch, get
perceive by hearing
hark, harken, hearken
listen; used mostly in the imperative
eavesdrop, listen in
listen without the speaker's knowledge
savor, savour
taste appreciatively
kill
be the source of great pain for
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v include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

Synonyms:
cover, embrace, encompass
address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

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