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comprehend
used in The Poisonwood Bible

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exact meaning not specified
Definition
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
  • Orleanna, the human body is a sight
    more precious than a pair of khaki trousers from Sears and Roebuck. I'd expect you to comprehend the difference.
    Book 1 — Genesis (63% in)
comprehend = understand
  • When we entered the first grade, we were examined by the spinster principal of Bethlehem Elementary, Miss Leep, who announced that we were gifted: Leah, on account of her nonchalant dazzling scores on reading-comprehension tests, and myself by association, as I am presumed to have the same brain insofar as the intact parts go.
    Book 1 — Genesis (65% in)
  • Mostly he says incomprehensible things in Kikongo but also speaks like Mr. Poe's Raven a desultory English.
    Book 1 — Genesis (69% in)
  • He couldn't begin to comprehend, now, how far off the track he was with his baptismal fixation.
    Book 2 — Revelation (11% in)
  • My sisters could not comprehend Tata Ndu's word salad of French and Kikongo, so were merely spellbound by the presence of a celebrity on the porch.
    Book 2 — Revelation (55% in)
  • But the fisherman stares at these men's city suits, their clean hands, and their mouths, which exaggerate incomprehensible syllables.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (11% in)
  • While we watched without comprehension, she moved away to where none of us wanted to follow.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (82% in)
  • And while we stay here for Anatole's teaching and organizing, and live on the next-to-nothing that work earns, we still have a measure of privilege incomprehensible to our neighbors.
    Book 5 — Exodus (58% in)

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  • Tata Ndu certainly had his arrogance in the ways of command, even calling down a vote in church to humiliate my father, but in matters of life and death, I can see now, he was almost incomprehensibly polite.
    Book 5 — Exodus (56% in)

There are no more uses of "comprehend" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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