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English definition of “comprehend”

comprehend

verb [T]    /ˌkɑm·prəˈhend/
to understand something completely: If you don’t comprehend something, don’t be afraid to seem dumb, just speak out. comprehensible    /ˌkɑm·prəˈhen·sə·bəl/ adjective The directions were written in clear, comprehensible English.
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