Definition of apprehension in English:



  • 1Anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen.

    ‘he felt sick with apprehension’
    ‘she had some apprehensions about the filming’
    • ‘She allowed her apprehensions to make a prisoner of her in her own home.’
    • ‘Some write more openly about their fears, apprehensions and emotions.’
    • ‘And it has ever since aroused serious apprehensions and complaints from the work units and a residential community nearby.’
    • ‘The company that has ‘all the time in the world’ had its own apprehensions before it decided to embark on this novel competition.’
    • ‘I had some apprehensions the night before, and some concerns as they prepped me, and started to put me out.’
    • ‘It is hard to face your fears and apprehensions; people will understand and tell you not to worry.’
    • ‘And though this screen migration might be a good thing for some, it comes with a fair share of apprehensions, for others.’
    • ‘There will be no one who is able to respond sympathetically to his innermost fears and apprehensions.’
    • ‘Going back to the Florida homeowner's apprehensions, her first concern was the bedroom arrangement.’
    • ‘I had apprehensions of going to the workshop but after day one I felt very cool and could manage things.’
    • ‘All these concerns, apprehensions, fears and coercions can be rationally addressed.’
    • ‘But the friendly, welcoming workforce soon dispelled any apprehensions that young, spotty apprentices such as I ever had.’
    • ‘The presence of the security forces personnel created apprehensions among the villagers and they took refuge in a nearby ground.’
    • ‘The complacent frivolity of its lavish mosaics suggests that the declining Roman empire had no apprehensions of imminent fall.’
    • ‘The apprehensions of the Health Department are valid if we go for indiscriminate digging in places where there are chances for water stagnation.’
    • ‘Her heart immediately picked up speed as all the fears and apprehensions from earlier in the day came back full force.’
    • ‘And they have done it primarily by heightening and exploiting public anxieties and apprehensions.’
    • ‘When I told her of my current apprehensions she encouraged me to continue forward, acknowledging that it can be tough.’
    • ‘Today's investment climate is filled with apprehensions.’
    • ‘There were a lot of apprehensions about the future.’
    anxiety, angst, alarm, worry, uneasiness, unease, nervousness, misgiving, disquiet, concern, agitation, restlessness, edginess, fidgetiness, nerves, tension, trepidation, perturbation, consternation, panic, fearfulness, dread, fear, shock, horror, terror
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  • 2Understanding; grasp.

    ‘the pure apprehension of the work of art’
    • ‘The former is an immanent unity consisting of sensations and the perceptual apprehension.’
    • ‘Poetry, music, art - these among others are vehicles that try to render the ineffable into some degree of conscious apprehension and communication.’
    • ‘This attitude, understandable though it is, hinders our apprehension of reality.’
    • ‘But the perceptions of the senses are a low form of apprehension.’
    • ‘The knowledge, then, is transformed either through intention or extension and grasped either by comprehension or apprehension.’
    • ‘It is a kind of gnosis, or direct apprehension of truth, which deepens over time and eventually reaches full maturity in the complete awakening experienced by the Buddha.’
    • ‘Wisdom is the pure non-verbal apprehension of All.’
    • ‘The bridge between the disparate realms of knowledge and faith was an intuitive mode of perception or apprehension called Ahnung.’
    • ‘In no-mind the world simply is, in it's purest state of pre-linguistic apprehension.’
    • ‘She deprives language of its mimetic function, confining it to the site of its utterance and apprehension rather than using it as a tool to comprehend the world.’
    • ‘This helps in no way at all to prove that such experience is direct apprehension of God and helps in no way to support the existential claim ‘God exists’.’
    • ‘The goal of science is the effective human apprehension and comprehension of nature.’
    • ‘He hadn't seen any recognition or apprehension in her lovely eyes, but still, there had been something there…’
    • ‘One is through sense perception and the other through a direct sort of apprehension of existence.’
    • ‘The latter requires some sort of acquaintance with, or apprehension of, objects like numbers.’
    • ‘Because interpretation is as much grounded in emotional apprehension as it is in cognitive reflection, we interpret by default as well as by design.’
    • ‘Consciousness requires the simultaneous apprehension in one's mind of multiple sensory features pertaining to a single scene or object.’
    • ‘The new cinema recognizes that any apprehension of the present is predicated upon an understanding of the past.’
    • ‘Experiences are grasped through either apprehension or comprehension.’
    • ‘For her, the aim of painting is toward the sensate apprehension of exuberant experience.’
    understanding, grasp, comprehension, realization, recognition, appreciation, discernment, perception, awareness, cognizance, consciousness, penetration
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  • 3The action of arresting someone.

    ‘they acted with intent to prevent lawful apprehension’
    • ‘In some places, like the Arizona desert, apprehensions are up more than 50 percent.’
    • ‘Southern border apprehensions are up 14 percent so far this fiscal year.’
    • ‘Such apprehension occurred under escort of four police officers and at which time D.C. made threats to the workers.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that ultimately that may include the issue of warrants for their physical apprehension which will be executed by officers of the South Australian executive.’
    • ‘The range of reasonable apprehension is at times a question for the court, and at times, if varying inferences are possible a question for the jury.’
    • ‘If this Court accepts that section 38 is applicable, then it is not a reasonable suspicion or reasonable grounds of apprehension giving rise to the arrest.’
    • ‘A protection finding is based upon the situation that existed at the time of apprehension and not at any later date.’
    • ‘The protection finding is based upon the situation that existed at the time of apprehension and not the date of trial.’
    • ‘In the case of police dogs that propensity is put to a socially useful purpose, the apprehension of persons reasonably suspected of having committed arrestable offences.’
    • ‘How public was the juvenile's arrest, apprehension, or the incident that landed the juvenile in the public eye?’
    • ‘Section 18 requires an intention to do grievous bodily harm or an intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer or any person.’
    • ‘His testimony takes various forms: an interview with a journalist in South America before his apprehension; memoirs and evidence at his trial.’
    • ‘In the first 18 months of diversion's operation there were 2196 apprehensions in the Territory.’
    • ‘A warrant of arrest issued for the accused's apprehension.’
    • ‘Right now we're faced with nearly a million apprehensions by the border patrol a year.’
    • ‘Now, we say, your Honour, against us there is a frozen case based on the circumstances at apprehension.’
    • ‘He should have been serving a sentence now and he has avoided apprehension.’
    • ‘Authorities made the apprehensions for immigration law violations, not sex crimes.’
    arrest, capture, seizure, catching
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘learning, acquisition of knowledge’): from late Latin apprehensio(n-), from apprehendere ‘seize, grasp’ (see apprehend).