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That may be apprehended or conceived.


  1. The act of taking or arresting; as, the felon, after his apprehension, escaped.
  2. The mere contemplation of things without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; the operation of the mind in contemplating ideas, without comparing them with others, or referring them to external objects; simple intellection. – Watts. Glanville. Encyc.
  3. An inadequate or imperfect idea, as when the word is applied to our knowledge of God. – Encyc.
  4. Opinion; conception; sentiments. In this sense, the word often denotes a belief, founded on sufficient evidence to give preponderation to the mind, but insufficient to induce certainty; as, in our apprehension, the facts prove the issue. To be false, and to be thought false, is all one, in respect of men, who act not according to truth, but apprehension. – South.
  5. The faculty by which new ideas are conceived; as, a man of dull apprehension.
  6. Fear; suspicion; the prospect of future evil, accompanied with uneasiness of mind. Claudius was in no small apprehension for his own life. – Addison.


  1. Quick to understand; as, an apprehensive scholar. – Holder. South.
  2. Fearful; in expectation of evil; as, we were apprehensive of fatal consequences. [This is the usual sense of the word.]
  3. Suspicious; inclined to believe; as, I am apprehensive he does not understand me.
  4. Sensible feeling perceptive. [Rarely used.] Milton.


In an apprehensive manner.


The quality of being apprehensive; readiness to understand; fearfulness.

AP-PREN'TICE, n. [Fr. apprenti, an apprentice, from apprendre, to learn; L. apprehendo. See Apprehend.]

  1. One who is bound by covenant to serve a mechanic, or other person, for a certain time, with a view to learn his art, mystery, or occupation, in which his master is bound to instruct him. Apprentices are regularly bound by indentures. – Blackstone.
  2. In old law books, a barrister; a learner of law. – Blackstone.


To bind to, or put under the care of a master, for the purpose of instruction in the knowledge of a trade or business.


Apprenticeship. [Not used.] – Shak.


  1. The term for which an apprentice is bound to serve his master. This term in England is by statute seven years. In Paris, the term is five years after which, the person, before he is qualified to exercise the trade as a master, must serve five years as a journeyman; during which term, he is called the companion of his master, and the term is called his companionship. – Encyc.
  2. The service, state or condition of an apprentice; a state in which a person is gaining instruction under a master.


Apprenticeship. [Not in use.] Bacon.

AP-PREST', a. [ad and pressed.]

In botany, pressed close; lying near the stem; or applying its upper surface to the stem. – Martyn. Ed. Encyc.

AP-PRISE', v.t. [s as z. Fr. appris, participle of apprendre, to learn, or inform. See Apprehend.]

To inform; to give notice, verbal or written; followed by of as, we will apprise the general of an intended attack; he apprised the commander of what he had done.


Informed; having notice or knowledge communicated.


Informing; communicating notice to.

AP-PRIZE', v.t. [This word is usually written appraise, as if deduced from the Italian apprezzare. There is no other word from which it can regularly be formed; the French apprecier, being recognized in appreciate. But apprize, the word generally used, is regularly formed, with ad, from price, prize; D. prys; Ger. preis; W. pris; or from the Fr. priser, to prize, and this is the more correct orthography.]

To value; to set a value, in pursuance of authority. It is generally used for the act of valuing, by men appointed for the purpose under direction of law, or by agreement of parties; as, to apprize the goods and estate of a deceased person. The private act of valuing is ordinarily expressed by prize.


Valued; having the worth fixed by authorized persons.


  1. The act of setting a value under some authority or appointment; a valuation. – Statutes of Conn. Blackstone.
  2. The rate at which a thing is valued; the value fixed, or valuation; as, he purchased the article at the apprizement.


A person appointed to rate, or set a value on articles. When apprizers act under the authority of law, they must be sworn.


The act of valuing under authority.


Rating; setting a value under authority.


  1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near; as, he was apprised of the enemy's approach.
  2. Access; as, the approach to kings. – Bacon.
  3. In fortification, not only the advances of an army are called approaches, but the works thrown up by the besiegers, to protect them in their advances towards a fortress.

AP-PROACH', v.i. [Fr. approcher; It. approcciare, from Fr. proche, near. The Latin proximus contains the root, but the word, in the positive degree, is not found in the Latin. It is from a root in Class Brg, signifying to drive, move, or press toward; probably ברן.]

  1. To come or go near, in place; to draw near; to advance nearer. Wherefore approached ye so nigh the city? 2 Sam. xi.
  2. To draw near in time. And so much the more as ye see the day approach. Heb. x.
  3. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to advance near to a point aimed at, in science, literature, government, morals, &c.; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
  4. To draw near in duty, as in prayer or worship. They take delight in approaching to God. Isaiah li.

AP-PROACH', v.t.

  1. To come near to; as, Pope approaches Virgil in smoothness of versification. This use of the word is elliptical, to being omitted, so that the verb can hardly be said to be transitive. The old use of the word, as “approach the hand to the handle,” is not legitimate.
  2. To have access carnally. Lev. xviii.
  3. In gardening, to ingraft a sprig or shoot of one tree into another, without cutting it from the parent stock. – Encyc.


That may be approached; accessible.


The state of being approachable.