One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the thieves were quickly apprehended’
arrest, catch, capture, seize
take prisoner, take into custody, detain, put in jail, throw in jail, put behind bars, imprison, incarcerate
informal collar, nab, nail, run in, pinch, bust, pick up, pull in, haul in, do, feel someone's collar
British informal nick
2‘language is the only tool we have at our disposal for apprehending reality’
understand, comprehend, realize, recognize, appreciate, discern, perceive, fathom, penetrate, catch, follow, grasp, make out, take in
informal get the drift of, get the hang of, make head or tail of, get the picture, have an aha moment
British informal twig, suss, suss out
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