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apprehend (verb) arrest; dread or fear; perceive.
When the police arrest a criminal, they apprehend them. If police apprehend a criminal and produce them in the court, they arrest them and take them to court. When you fear something may go wrong, you apprehend something going wrong. If you are afraid that there is going to be trouble, you apprehend trouble. If you are able to understand the nature of a problem, you apprehend it.
- The clues gathered by the police were so helpful that they could trace the murderer and apprehend him in just twenty four hours.
- Having had many disappointments in life, John apprehends trouble whenever he starts on some venture.