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apprehend
as in:  apprehend the situation


She doesn’t yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
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apprehender apprehended apprehend apprehending apprehends
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Memory aid:  It might help you to remember both senses of apprehend if you think of it as "to get".
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  • She doesn’t yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
  • Suddenly the element of life became distinguishable, as apprehensible as electric currents, air and water, desire for happiness, earth, sky.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Even death, Alessandro thought, would yield to beauty-if not in fact then in explanation-for the likeness of every great question could be found in forms as simple as songs, and there, if not explicable, they were at least perfectly apprehensible.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Because they’re so easily apprehensible.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
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Associated words [difficulty]:   apprehend [3] , apprehensive [1] , apprehension [2] , apprehension [2] , apprehension [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, Philosophy
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