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verb [intransitive/transitive] formal comprehend pronunciation in British English /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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… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally

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