comprehensive etymology

English word comprehensive comes from Latin prehendo

Detailed word origin of comprehensive

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.
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, [...]
comprehensivus Late Latin (LL)
compréhensif Middle French (frm)
comprehensive English (eng) Broadly or completely covering; including a large proportion of something. (British) A comprehensive school.

Words with the same origin as comprehensive

Descendants of prehendo
apprehend apprentice comprehend incomprehensible price prison prisoner prize vicar