prehendo

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Etymology[edit]

From prae- (before) + *hendo (used only in comp.), from the same Proto-Indo-European source as hedera (ivy); akin to Ancient Greek χανδάνω (khandánō, hold, contain), and English get and hint.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

present active prehendō, present infinitive prehendere, perfect active prehendī, supine prehensum

  1. I lay hold of, seize, grasp, grab, snatch, take, catch.
  2. I detain someone in order to speak with him, accost, lay or catch hold of.
  3. I take by surprise, catch in the act.
  4. (of trees) I take root.
  5. (poetic) I reach, arrive at, attain.
  6. (poetic) I take in, reach or embrace with the eye.
  7. (figuratively, rare, of the mind) I seize, apprehend, comprehend, grasp.

Usage notes[edit]

Used in the following constructions: (3) uses the ablative, the genitive or in with the ablative.

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References[edit]

  • prehendo in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879