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English definition of “apprehension”

apprehension

noun [U] uk   /ˌæp.rɪˈhen.ʃən/ us  

apprehension noun [U] (WORRY)

worry about the future, or a fear that something unpleasant is going to happen: It's normal to feel a little apprehension before starting a new job. There is some apprehension in the office about who the new director will be.Anxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias

apprehension noun [U] (CATCHING)

formal the situation in which the police catch and arrest someone who has not obeyed the law: Both the army and the police were involved in the apprehension of the terrorists.Arresting and chargingCapturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting

apprehension noun [U] (UNDERSTANDING)

formal the act of understanding somethingUnderstanding and comprehending
(Definition of apprehension from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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