comprehend etymology

English word comprehend comes from Latin prehendo, Latin com-, Latin prendere

Detailed word origin of comprehend

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
prehendo Latin (lat) (figuratively, rare, of the mind) I seize, apprehend, comprehend, grasp. (of trees) I take root. (poetic) I reach, arrive at, attain. (poetic) I take in, reach or embrace with the eye. I detain someone in order to speak with him, accost, lay or catch hold of. I lay hold of, seize, grasp, grab, snatch, take, catch. I take by surprise, catch in the act.
com- Latin (lat)
prendere Latin (lat)
comprehendo Latin (lat) (Late Latin, of medicines) I combine, unite.. (figuratively) I comprehend by sense of sight, perceive, observe, see.. (figuratively) I comprehend someone in affection, embrace with kindness, bind or put under obligation.. (figuratively) I comprehend something by the mind, understand, perceive, grasp, comprehend.. (figuratively) I include or comprehend in words, comprise in discourse, [...]
comprehend English (eng) (now, _, rare) To include, comprise; to contain. [from 14th c.]. To understand or grasp fully and thoroughly. [from 14th c.].

Words with the same origin as comprehend

Descendants of prehendo
apprehend apprentice comprehensive incomprehensible price prison prisoner prize vicar
Descendants of com-
account collect collection college command commander commissioner competition complain complete complex confirm conscience construction correct cos cost couch count cousin precious
Descendants of prendere
dependent depending surprise