Pronunciation: (ap"ri-hend'),[key] —v.t. 1. to take into custody; arrest by legal warrant or authority: The police apprehended the burglars. 2. to grasp the meaning of; understand, esp. intuitively; perceive.
3. to expect with anxiety, suspicion, or fear; anticipate: apprehending violence.
—v.i. 1. to understand.
2. to be apprehensive, suspicious, or fearful; fear.