Com`pre*hend" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Comprehended; p. pr. & vb. n. Comprehending.] [L. comprehendere, comprehensum; com- + prehendere to grasp, seize; prae before + hendere (used only in comp.). See Get, and cf. Comprise.]
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.
To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
Comprehended all in this one word, Discretion.
And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying.
Rom. xiii. 9.
To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
At a loss to comprehend the question.
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.
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