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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Comprehend \Com'pre*hend"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Comprehended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Comprehending}.] [L. comprehendere, comprehensum; com- + prehendere to grasp, seize; prae before + hendere (used only in comp.). See {Get}, and cf. {Comprise}.]

1. To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire.

Who hath . . . comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure. --Is. xl. 12.

2. To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.

Comprehended all in this one word, Discretion. --Hobbes.

And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying. --Rom. xiii. 9.

3. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.

At a loss to comprehend the question. --W. Irwing.

Great things doeth he, which we can not comprehend. --Job. xxxvii. 5.

Syn: To contain; include; embrace; comprise; inclose; grasp; embody; involve; imply; apprehend; imagine; conceive; understand. See {Apprehend}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?" [syn: {grok}, {get the picture}, {comprehend}, {savvy}, {dig}, {grasp}, {compass}, {apprehend}]

2: to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon" [syn: {perceive}, {comprehend}]

3: include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group" [syn: {embrace}, {encompass}, {comprehend}, {cover}]

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