Definition of comprehension in US English:

comprehension

noun

  • 1The action or capability of understanding something.

    ‘some won't have the least comprehension of what I'm trying to do’
    ‘the comprehension of spoken language’
    • ‘Both types of curriculum encompass listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar components.’
    • ‘Bells and whistles don't necessarily improve comprehension, says Mathie.’
    • ‘Since you are striving for something that is basically beyond your comprehension and ability, you cannot trust yourself to do all the right things to get you there.’
    • ‘I admit it is a big challenge for my English listening comprehension.’
    • ‘Despite the anxiety that went with less than full comprehension, he took the job.’
    • ‘What makes the red heifer so interesting is that it is beyond human comprehension.’
    • ‘It is simply beyond a tourist's comprehension to understand why such ancient monuments, which do not require maintenance on a weekly basis, are closed once a week.’
    • ‘Letter matching was also found to predict significantly reading comprehension in later elementary school.’
    • ‘Instead of that sixth-grade math class, I think maybe Murray needs a few remedial lessons in verbal comprehension.’
    • ‘To enhance comprehension, workbooks contain lessons but not headings or titles.’
    • ‘According to Wolf and Bowers, they may also show problems in reading comprehension.’
    • ‘Do not mistake my accent for poor comprehension of your language.’
    • ‘On the other hand, reading the texts from two different perspectives may improve comprehension.’
    • ‘How do I decode such an obtuse dialect with my mere mortal comprehension of the English language?’
    • ‘The look changed to one of dawning comprehension and the guard turned to shout a warning.’
    • ‘The passage of time and the limits of the written record have rendered full comprehension unobtainable.’
    • ‘Success in the math lesson was not dependent on the students' full comprehension of mathematical problems or questions.’
    • ‘And how such reading exercises would help genuine poets replenish their language defies comprehension.’
    • ‘Her mother looked at her for a moment before comprehension dawned on her face.’
    • ‘When reading comprehension is assessed through writing, these difficulties are compounded.’
    understanding, ability to understand, grasp, grip, conception, apprehension, cognition, cognizance, ken, knowledge, awareness, perception, discernment
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  • 2archaic Inclusion.

Origin

Late Middle English: from French compréhension or Latin comprehensio(n-), from the verb comprehendere ‘seize, comprise’ (see comprehend).

Pronunciation

comprehension

/ˌkämprəˈhen(t)SH(ə)n//ˌkɑmprəˈhɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n/