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verb [intransitive/transitive] formal British English pronunciation: comprehend /ˌkɒmprɪˈhend/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycomprehend
he/she/itcomprehends
present participlecomprehending
past tensecomprehended
past participlecomprehended
  1. to understand something

    How could you possibly comprehend the difficulties of my situation?

    comprehend that:

    Laura gasped, hardly able to comprehend that her brother's life was in danger.

    fully comprehend:

    We fully comprehend people's anxieties.

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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