|ˌapriˈhen sh ən|
1 anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen : he felt sick with apprehension | she had some apprehensions about the filming.
2 understanding; grasp : the pure apprehension of the work of art.
3 the action of arresting someone : they acted with intent to prevent lawful apprehension.
ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense[learning, acquisition of knowledge] ): fromlate Latin apprehensio(n-), fromapprehendere ‘seize, grasp’ (see apprehend).