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Other Comprehend Definition

[v] get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
[v] to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
[v] 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"

Misc. Definitions

\Com`pre*hend"\, v. t. [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. 1
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.
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}.

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