comprehend vs embrace what difference

what is difference between comprehend and embrace

English

Etymology

From Middle English comprehenden, from Latin comprehendere (to grasp), from the prefix com- + prehendere (to seize).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɒmpɹɪˈhɛnd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɑmpɹɪˈhɛnd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnd

Verb

comprehend (third-person singular simple present comprehends, present participle comprehending, simple past and past participle comprehended)

  1. (now rare) To include, comprise; to contain. [from 14th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.1:
      And lothly mouth, unmeete a mouth to bee, / That nought but gall and venim comprehended […].
    • 1776, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Penguin 2009, p. 9:
      In the second century of the Christian Æra, the empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilized portion of mankind.
  2. To understand or grasp fully and thoroughly. [from 14th c.]

Related terms

Translations


French

Verb

comprehend

  1. third-person singular present indicative of comprehendre


English

Etymology

The verb is derived from Middle English embracen (to clasp in one’s arms, embrace; to reach out eagerly for, welcome; to enfold, entwine; to ensnare, entangle; to twist, wrap around; to gird, put on; to lace; to be in or put into bonds; to put a shield on the arm; to grasp (a shield or spear); to acquire, take hold of; to receive; to undertake; to affect, influence; to incite; to unlawfully influence a jury; to surround; to conceal, cover; to shelter; to protect; to comfort; to comprehend, understand) [and other forms], from Old French embracer, embracier (to kiss) (modern French embrasser (to kiss; (dated) to embrace, hug)), from Late Latin *imbracchiāre, from in- (prefix meaning ‘in, inside, within’)) + bracchium (arm). The English word is analysable as em- +‎ brace.

The noun is derived from the verb.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛmˈbɹeɪs/, /ɪmˈbɹeɪs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪs
  • Hyphenation: em‧brace

Verb

embrace (third-person singular simple present embraces, present participle embracing, simple past and past participle embraced)

  1. (transitive) To clasp (someone or each other) in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
    Synonyms: fall on someone’s neck; see also Thesaurus:embrace
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To seize (something) eagerly or with alacrity; to accept or take up with cordiality; to welcome.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To submit to; to undergo.
    Synonym: accept
  4. (transitive, also figuratively) To encircle; to enclose, to encompass.
    Synonyms: entwine, surround
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To enfold, to include (ideas, principles, etc.); to encompass.
  6. (transitive, obsolete, rare) To fasten on, as armour.
  7. (transitive, figuratively, obsolete) To accept (someone) as a friend; to accept (someone’s) help gladly.
  8. (transitive, law, figuratively, obsolete) To attempt to influence (a court, jury, etc.) corruptly; to practise embracery.

Conjugation

Alternative forms

  • imbrace (obsolete)

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

embrace (plural embraces)

  1. An act of putting arms around someone and bringing the person close to the chest; a hug.
  2. (figuratively) An enclosure partially or fully surrounding someone or something.
  3. (figuratively) Full acceptance (of something).
  4. (figuratively) An act of enfolding or including.

Derived terms

  • deadly embrace
  • half-embrace
  • marital embrace

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Notes

References

Further reading

  • embrace (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Spanish

Verb

embrace

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of embrazar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of embrazar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of embrazar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of embrazar.

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