Apprehension - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌæprɪˈhenʃn|  American pronunciation of the word apprehension
Brit.  |aprɪˈhɛnʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word apprehension
- fearful expectation or anticipation (syn: apprehensiveness, dread)
the student looked around the examination room with apprehension
- the cognitive condition of someone who understands (syn: discernment, savvy, understanding)
- painful expectation (syn: misgiving)
- the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) (syn: arrest, catch, collar, pinch)

Examples

The thought of moving to a new city fills me with apprehension.

My worst apprehensions are fulfilled.

A warrant for his apprehension was obtained.

I woke before the alarm, filled with apprehension.

the student looked around the examination room with apprehension

Infinity transcends our capacity of apprehension.

She felt a shiver of apprehension.

my apprehension of words is auricular; I must hear what I read

a glitter of apprehension in her hunted eyes

Word forms

noun
singular: apprehension
plural: apprehensions
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