Definition of comprehend in English:

comprehend

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Grasp mentally; understand.

    ‘he couldn't comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat’
    [with clause] ‘I simply couldn't comprehend what had happened’
    • ‘All cultures have patterns of perceiving, comprehending, explaining, assessing, and treating the symptoms of sickness.’
    • ‘These transactions, for reasons I did not then comprehend, always seemed to occur in the dead of night.’
    • ‘This was the first in three years which is the reason why we cannot comprehend people's objection.’
    • ‘It is very important to ensure that the young person understands the role of the assessing worker, and comprehends the interpreter.’
    • ‘From a Christian perspective the data and results can be comprehended by reason.’
    • ‘I understood and comprehended what would take most children years to take in and be able to use.’
    • ‘This latter task is to comprehend and interpret the substantive topic under study.’
    • ‘Still, so much time is spent on trying to rock the boat, in trying to understand and comprehend.’
    • ‘Much of the detail is difficult to comprehend for those who have not followed the story.’
    • ‘He simply stared at her, not comprehending, and then realized this was what he got for making fun of her.’
    • ‘She wants to understand, she wants to comprehend, but she doesn't want to forgive.’
    • ‘I simply do not comprehend how a herring in the North Sea can be at risk from a bovine disease.’
    • ‘It is something that I, as an immigrant to this country, could never entirely comprehend.’
    • ‘She understood and comprehended everything the instant it was exposed to her.’
    • ‘Thirdly, he may be conscious and able to comprehend what he is doing but due to his mental condition be unaware that it is wrong.’
    • ‘Only when we understand that will we be able to help them comprehend why it disturbs us so much.’
    • ‘For these reasons, it was hard for many to comprehend that such an armistice could ever take place.’
    • ‘It was set up, for reasons I could not begin to comprehend, as a public-versus-private spat.’
    • ‘My friends and neighbours know I'm a cop, but they simply cannot comprehend what we're dealing with.’
    • ‘There's something else afoot, something I will never understand or comprehend.’
    understand, grasp, take in, see, apprehend, follow, make sense of, fathom, make out, puzzle out, get to the bottom of, penetrate
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  • 2formal Include, comprise, or encompass.

    ‘a divine order comprehending all men’
    comprise, include, take in, encompass, embrace, involve, contain
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French comprehender, or Latin comprehendere, from com- together + prehendere grasp.

Pronunciation:

comprehend

/ˌkämprəˈhend/