1. To grasp firmly.
2. To hold firmly and tightly.
comprehend / kɑːmprihend /
1. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
2. To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
3. To contain; to embrace; to include.
1. To form a cover over; SYN. spread over.
2. To hide from view or knowledge; SYN. cover up.
3. To provide with a covering or cause to be covered
4. To spread over a surface to conceal or protect
5. To be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game.
6. To clothe, as if for protection from the elements; SYN. wrap up.
7. To protect by insurance; SYN. insure, underwrite.
8. To protect or defend a position in a game
9. To provide for
10. To take an action to protect against future problems
11. To span an interval of distance, space or time; SYN. extend.
12. To be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of
13. To compensate or make up for.
14. To deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; SYN. treat, handle, work, plow, deal, address.
15. To help out by taking someone's place an temporarily assuming his responsibilities
16. To invest with a large or excessive amount of something
17. To maintain a check on; esp. by patrolling
18. To play a higher card than the one previously played
ETYM Pref. em- (intens.) + brace, v. t.
1. To hug, usually with fondness; SYN. hug, bosom, squeeze.
2. To include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; SYN. encompass, comprehend, cover.
encompass / enkʌmpəs /
To circumscribe or go round so as to surround entirely; to encircle.
1. To contain as a part
2. To engage as a participant
3. To make complex or intricate or complicated
4. To connect closely and often incriminatingly; SYN. affect, regard.
5. To occupy or engage the interest of
6. To wrap