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English definition of “apprehension”

apprehension

noun [U]  /ˌæp·rɪˈhen·ʃən/ us  

apprehension noun [U] (WORRY)

anxiety about the future; fear of something unpleasant happening: I felt great apprehension over my first day at work.

apprehension noun [U] (TAKING HOLD)

the act of catching and putting a person under police control: There’s an $8000 reward for the apprehension of the perpetrators.
(Definition of apprehension from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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