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. Hobbes.

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. 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.


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