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apprehension (4 tends to pass into the mod. sense ‘anticipation with dread’)
1. seizure, arrest 3H6 III. ii. 122, Lr. III. v. 20 “that he may be ready for our apprehension.”
2. physical perception MND. III. ii. 178 “The ear more quick of apprehension,” Cor. II. iii. 232.
3. mental perception, understanding, grasp of mind H5 III. vii. 150 “If the English had any ,” Troil. II. iii. 125 “his evasion . . . Cannot outfly our a-s,” Ham. II. ii. 326 [iii. 319] “in how like a god!”; quickness of wit Ado III. iv. 67; 1H6 II. iv. 102* (or, conception, i.e. of my father and me).
4. conception, imagination Meas. III. i. 76 “The sense of death is most in ,” R2 I. iii. 300 “the of the good,” Ham. IV. i. 11 “in this brainish ,” Cym. IV. ii. 110.
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