Portend vs Apprehend - What's the difference?

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Portend is a related term of apprehend.

In lang=en terms the difference between portend and apprehend

is that portend is to signify; to denote while apprehend is to be apprehensive; to fear.

As verbs the difference between portend and apprehend

is that portend is to serve as a warning or omen while apprehend is (archaic) to take or seize; to take hold of.




(en verb)
  • to serve as a warning or omen
  • * John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, / Real or allegoric, I discern not; Nor when: eternal sure--as without end,
  • to signify; to denote
  • Let it be known that the Rapture portends the End of Days.
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    * foreshadow * presage

    See also

    * harbinger




    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To take or seize; to take hold of.
  • * (rfdate), .
  • We have two hands to apprehend it.
  • To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest.
  • to apprehend a criminal .
  • To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.
  • * (rfdate), .
  • This suspicion of Earl Reimund, though at first but a buzz, soon got a sting in the king's head, and he violently apprehended it.
  • * (rfdate)
  • The eternal laws, such as the heroic age apprehended them.
  • *
  • To anticipate; especially, to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.
  • * (rfdate) -- .
  • The opposition had more reason than the king to apprehend violence.
  • To think, believe, or be of opinion; to understand; to suppose.
  • To be apprehensive; to fear.
  • * (rfdate) .
  • It is worse to apprehend than to suffer.

    Usage notes

    To apprehend, comprehend. These words come into comparison as describing acts of the mind. Apprehend denotes the laying hold of a thing mentally, so as to understand it clearly, at least in part. Comprehend denotes the embracing or understanding it in all its compass and extent. We may apprehend many truths which we do not comprehend. The very idea of God supposes that he may be apprehended, though not comprehended, by rational beings. We may apprehend much of Shakespeare's aim and intention in the character of Hamlet or King Lear; but few will claim that they have comprehended all that is embraced in these characters. --Trench.
    (material dates from 1913)

    Derived terms

    * apprehension * misapprehend


    * catch, seize, arrest, detain, capture, conceive, understand, imagine, believe, fear, dread