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comprehend
used in Arrowsmith

9 uses
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Definition
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
  • That Martin had to work, Clif never comprehended.
    Chapter 10 (69% in)
  • Yet this afternoon he read steadily at the section on the lymphatic system, and he muttered the long and perfectly incomprehensible words in a hum which made drowsier the dusty room.
    Chapter 1 (33% in)
  • He discovered that Duer had enthusiasm for two composers, called Bach and Beethoven, presumably Germans, and that he himself did not yet comprehend all the ways of the world.
    Chapter 3 (31% in)
  • Martin found himself in a confusion of little chairs and vast gilded arches, of polite but disapproving ladies with programs in their laps, unromantic musicians making unpleasant noises below and, at last, incomprehensible beauty, which made for him pictures of hills and deep forests, then suddenly became achingly longwinded.
    Chapter 3 (32% in)
  • When he comprehended that apparently they very much had discharged him, he was shamed that he should have given them a chance to kick him.
    Chapter 12 (67% in)
  • He could not comprehend that he was really going to a place of palm trees and brown faces and languid Christmas Eves.
    Chapter 32 (14% in)
  • They were silent together, and when his hand crept to hers they sat unimpassioned, comprehending, free to talk of what they would.
    Chapter 35 (15% in)
  • He saw that with all her eager complaisances she had never understood what he was up to, had not comprehended one word about the murderous effect of the directorship on Gottlieb.
    Chapter 40 (30% in)
  • He began, incredulously, to comprehend his freedom.
    Chapter 40 (71% in)

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