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comprehend
used in David Copperfield

20 uses
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exact meaning not specified
Definition to understand something — especially to understand it completely
  • I believe the theme of this incomprehensible conundrum was the moon.
    Chapters 31-33 (63% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There has been a time since when I have wondered whether, if the life before her could have been revealed to me at a glance, and so revealed as that a child could fully comprehend it, and if her preservation could have depended on a motion of my hand, I ought to have held it up to save her.
    Chapters 1-3 (84% in)
  • However I might have expressed my comprehension of it at that time, if I had been called upon, I nevertheless did clearly comprehend in my own way, that it was another name for tyranny; and for a certain gloomy, arrogant, devil's humour, that was in them both.
    Chapters 4-6 (12% in)
  • However I might have expressed my comprehension of it at that time, if I had been called upon, I nevertheless did clearly comprehend in my own way, that it was another name for tyranny; and for a certain gloomy, arrogant, devil's humour, that was in them both.
    Chapters 4-6 (13% in)
  • I only know that there were three alarms before the bath was ready; and that on the occasion of the last and most desperate of all, I saw my aunt engage, single-handed, with a sandy-headed lad of fifteen, and bump his sandy head against her own gate, before he seemed to comprehend what was the matter.
    Chapters 13-15 (36% in)
  • 'It was clear enough, as I have told you, years before YOU ever saw her — and why, in the mysterious dispensations of Providence, you ever did see her, is more than humanity can comprehend — it was clear enough that the poor soft little thing would marry somebody, at some time or other; but I did hope it wouldn't have been as bad as it has turned out.
    Chapters 13-15 (75% in)
  • He comprehended everybody present, in the respectful bow with which he followed these words, and disappeared.
    Chapters 28-30 (17% in)
  • So surely as I looked towards her, did I see that eager visage, with its gaunt black eyes and searching brow, intent on mine; or passing suddenly from mine to Steerforth's; or comprehending both of us at once.
    Chapters 28-30 (59% in)
  • Rosa Dartle's keen glance comprehended all of us.
    Chapters 31-33 (50% in)
  • When we cried, and made it up, and were so blest again, that the back kitchen, mangle and all, changed to Love's own temple, where we arranged a plan of correspondence through Miss Mills, always to comprehend at least one letter on each side every day!
    Chapters 31-33 (**% in)
  • I wrote her a long letter, in which I tried to make her comprehend how blest I was, and what a darling Dora was.
    Chapters 34-36 (0% in)
  • I had never doubted his meanness, his craft and malice; but I fully comprehended now, for the first time, what a base, unrelenting, and revengeful spirit, must have been engendered by this early, and this long, suppression.
    Chapters 37-39 (88% in)
  • Of my making a speech in the same dreamy fashion, without having an idea of what I want to say, beyond such as may be comprehended in the full conviction that I haven't said it.
    Chapters 43-45 (19% in)
  • I comprehended, at once, that my aunt was right; and I comprehended the full extent of her generous feeling towards my dear wife.
    Chapters 43-45 (33% in)
  • I comprehended, at once, that my aunt was right; and I comprehended the full extent of her generous feeling towards my dear wife.
    Chapters 43-45 (33% in)
  • I am now in a condition to show, by — HEEP'S — false books, and — HEEP'S — real memoranda, beginning with the partially destroyed pocket-book (which I was unable to comprehend, at the time of its accidental discovery by Mrs. Micawber, on our taking possession of our present abode, in the locker or bin devoted to the reception of the ashes calcined on our domestic hearth), that the weaknesses, the faults, the very virtues, the parental affections, and the sense of honour, of the unhappy...
    Chapters 52-54 (36% in)
  • Traddles, with a perceptible lengthening of his face, explained that he had not been able to approach this subject; that it had shared the fate of Mr. Micawber's liabilities, in not being comprehended in the terms he had made; that we were no longer of any authority with Uriah Heep; and that if he could do us, or any of us, any injury or annoyance, no doubt he would.
    Chapters 52-54 (92% in)
  • Observing that he slightly faltered, and comprehending that in the goodness of his heart he was fearful of giving me some pain by what he had said, I expressed my concurrence with a heartiness that evidently relieved and pleased him greatly.
    Chapters 58-60 (38% in)
  • I believed that she had read, or partly read, my thoughts that night; and that she fully comprehended why I gave mine no more distinct expression.
    Chapters 61-62 (66% in)

There are no more uses of "comprehend" flagged with this meaning in David Copperfield.

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  • Then he laughed about her, and asked me if I had ever seen such a fierce little piece of incomprehensibility.
    Chapters 28-30 (74% in)

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