Com·pre·hend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Comprehended; p. pr. & vb. n. Comprehending.]
1. To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire.
Who hath . . . comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure. --Is. xl. 12.
2. To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
Comprehended all in this one word, Discretion. --Hobbes.
And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying. --Rom. xiii. 9.
3. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
At a loss to comprehend the question. --W. Irwing.
Great things doeth he, which we can not comprehend. --Job. xxxvii. 5.
Syn: -- To contain; include; embrace; comprise; inclose; grasp; embody; involve; imply; apprehend; imagine; conceive; understand. See Apprehend.
v 1: get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning
of this letter?" [syn: get the picture, savvy, dig,
grasp, compass, apprehend]
2: to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the
ship coming over the horizon" [syn: perceive]
3: include in scope; include as part of something broader; have
as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a
wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this
should cover everyone in the group" [syn: embrace, encompass,