• Criminal Law

Definitions of apprehend

  • to catch or arrest someone suspected of a crime

    It took police less than 24-hours to apprehend a suspect in the murder.

Phrase Bank for apprehend

  • The security guards attempted to apprehend the attacker.

  • Police regularly told victims to apprehend culprits themselves and bring them to the police station.

  • He was shot while attempting to apprehend a fugitive (someone who has escaped or is fleeing).

  • The suspect was apprehended by the police.

Additional Notes for apprehend

  • Apprehend is a term used almost exclusively in the criminal law. For example, in the international criminal law context you might hear political leaders saying: “the suspected terrorists will be apprehended and brought to justice”. So, in this context the meaning is that they will be caught and put on trial.

  • Note that technically an arrest (or apprehension) takes place when a person is actually stopped by the police or some other actor with legal authority to do so. In this case, what is meant is simply that the person has been deprived of his/her personal liberty i.e., they cannot continue on their way but most stay with the policy until they are released.