comprehension - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the ability to understand something

    The students stared at me without comprehension.

    We have no comprehension of the traumas these children have suffered.

    beyond (someone’s) comprehension (=impossible for someone to understand):

    Such acts of cruelty are beyond the comprehension of most people.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] an exercise that tests how well students understand a language, or that helps them to improve their understanding of it, in which they read a piece of writing or listen to someone speaking, and then answer questions

    a listening/reading comprehension