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comprehend
used in Gulliver's Travels

10 uses
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Definition
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
  • His answer, as I could comprehend it, was, "that this must be a work of time, not to be thought on without the advice of his council, and that first I must lumos kelmin pesso desmar lon emposo;" that is, swear a peace with him and his kingdom.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (24% in)
  • ...abilities; for, since government is necessary to mankind, they believe, that the common size of human understanding is fitted to some station or other; and that Providence never intended to make the management of public affairs a mystery to be comprehended only by a few persons of sublime genius, of which there seldom are three born in an age: but they suppose truth, justice, temperance, and the like, to be in every man's power; the practice of which virtues, assisted by experience and...
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (66% in)
  • The artist himself was at that time busy upon two great designs; the first, to sow land with chaff, wherein he affirmed the true seminal virtue to be contained, as he demonstrated by several experiments, which I was not skilful enough to comprehend.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (45% in)
  • Another great advantage proposed by this invention was, that it would serve as a universal language, to be understood in all civilised nations, whose goods and utensils are generally of the same kind, or nearly resembling, so that their uses might easily be comprehended.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (50% in)
  • But, that a man of quality should be served all by horses, was beyond my comprehension.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (10% in)
  • The mare soon after my entrance rose from her mat, and coming up close, after having nicely observed my hands and face, gave me a most contemptuous look; and turning to the horse, I heard the word Yahoo often repeated betwixt them; the meaning of which word I could not then comprehend, although it was the first I had learned to pronounce.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (11% in)
  • And I remember, in frequent discourses with my master concerning the nature of manhood in other parts of the world, having occasion to talk of lying and false representation, it was with much difficulty that he comprehended what I meant, although he had otherwise a most acute judgment.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (24% in)
  • This labour took up several days' conversation, before he was able to comprehend me.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (30% in)
  • ] My master was yet wholly at a loss to understand what motives could incite this race of lawyers to perplex, disquiet, and weary themselves, and engage in a confederacy of injustice, merely for the sake of injuring their fellow-animals; neither could he comprehend what I meant in saying, they did it for hire.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (39% in)
  • ...at the sight of a lawyer, a pickpocket, a colonel, a fool, a lord, a gamester, a politician, a whoremonger, a physician, an evidence, a suborner, an attorney, a traitor, or the like; this is all according to the due course of things: but when I behold a lump of deformity and diseases, both in body and mind, smitten with pride, it immediately breaks all the measures of my patience; neither shall I be ever able to comprehend how such an animal, and such a vice, could tally together.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (99% in)

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