apprehension Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"apprehension" in British English

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apprehensionnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˌæp.rɪˈhen.ʃən/

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.

apprehension noun [U] (CATCHING)

formal the ​situation in which the ​policecatch and ​arrest someone who has not ​obeyed the ​law: Both the ​army and the ​police were ​involved in the apprehension of the ​terrorists.

apprehension noun [U] (UNDERSTANDING)

formal the ​act of ​understanding something
(Definition of apprehension from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"apprehension" in American English

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apprehensionnoun [U]

 us   /ˌæp·rɪˈhen·ʃən/

apprehension noun [U] (WORRY)

anxiety about the ​future; ​fear of something ​unpleasanthappening: I ​feltgreat apprehension over my first ​day at ​work.

apprehension noun [U] (TAKING HOLD)

the ​act of ​catching and putting a ​person under ​policecontrol: 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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