(Ap*pre"ci*a`ting*ly) adv. In an appreciating manner; with appreciation.
(Ap*pre`ci*a"tion) n. [Cf. F. appréciation.]
1. A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc.; recognition of excellence.
2. Accurate perception; true estimation; as, an appreciation of the difficulties before us; an appreciation
His foreboding showed his appreciation of Henry's character.
J. R. Green.
3. A rise in value; opposed to depreciation.
(Ap*pre"ci*a*tive) a. Having or showing a just or ready appreciation or perception; as, an
appreciative audience. Ap*pre"ci*a*tive*ly, adv.
(Ap*pre"ci*a*tive*ness), n. The quality of being appreciative; quick recognition of excellence.
(Ap*pre"ci*a`tor) n. One who appreciates.
(Ap*pre"ci*a*to*ry) a. Showing appreciation; appreciative; as, appreciatory commendation.
(Ap`pre*hend") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Apprehended; p. pr. & vb. n. Apprehending.] [L. apprehendere;
ad + prehendere to lay hold of, seize; prae before + -hendere (used only in comp.); akin to Gr. chanda`nein
to hold, contain, and E. get: cf. F. appréhender. See Prehensile, Get.]
1. To take or seize; to take hold of. [Archaic]
We have two hands to apprehend it.
2. Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.
3. To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to
understand; to recognize; to consider.
This suspicion of Earl Reimund, though at first but a buzz, soon got a sting in the king's head, and he
violently apprehended it.
The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended them.
4. To know or learn with certainty. [Obs.]
G. You are too much distrustful of my truth.
E. Then you must give me leave to apprehend
and manner how.
Beau. & Fl.
5. To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
The opposition had more reason than the king to apprehend violence.
Syn. To catch; seize; arrest; detain; capture; conceive; understand; imagine; believe; fear; dread. To
Apprehend, Comprehend. These words come into comparison as describing acts of the mind. Apprehend
denotes the laying hold of a thing mentally, so as to understand it clearly, at least in part. Comprehend
denotes the embracing or understanding it in all its compass and extent. We may apprehended many
truths which we do not comprehend. The very idea of God supposes that he may be apprehended,
though not comprehended, by rational beings. "We may apprehended much of Shakespeare's aim and