Pronunciation: (ap"ri-hend'), [key]
1. to take into custody; arrest by legal warrant or authority: The police apprehended the burglars.
2. to grasp the meaning of; understand, esp. intuitively; perceive.
3. to expect with anxiety, suspicion, or fear; anticipate: apprehending violence.
1. to understand.
2. to be apprehensive, suspicious, or fearful; fear.
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