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comprehension

noun uk   /ˌkɒm.prɪˈhen.ʃən/ us    /ˌkɑːm-/
[U] the ability to understand completely and be familiar with a situation, facts, etc.: He has no comprehension of the size of the problem. How she manages to fit so much into a working day is beyond my comprehension (= I cannot understand it). [C or U] UK a test to find out how well students understand written or spoken language: a listening/reading comprehension
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