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From prae- ‎(before) + *hendō ‎(I take, seize) (not attested without prefix), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed-; akin to Ancient Greek χανδάνω ‎(khandánō, hold, contain), and English get. Compare praeda ‎(prey) (earlier praeheda) and hedera ‎(ivy).



prehendō ‎(present infinitive prehendere, perfect active prehendī, supine prehensum); third conjugation

  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.


   Conjugation of prehendo (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present prehendō prehendis prehendit prehendimus prehenditis prehendunt
imperfect prehendēbam prehendēbās prehendēbat prehendēbāmus prehendēbātis prehendēbant
future prehendam prehendēs prehendet prehendēmus prehendētis prehendent
perfect prehendī prehendistī prehendit prehendimus prehendistis prehendērunt, prehendēre
pluperfect prehenderam prehenderās prehenderat prehenderāmus prehenderātis prehenderant
future perfect prehenderō prehenderis prehenderit prehenderimus prehenderitis prehenderint
passive present prehendor prehenderis, prehendere prehenditur prehendimur prehendiminī prehenduntur
imperfect prehendēbar prehendēbāris, prehendēbāre prehendēbātur prehendēbāmur prehendēbāminī prehendēbantur
future prehendar prehendēris, prehendēre prehendētur prehendēmur prehendēminī prehendentur
perfect prehensus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect prehensus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect prehensus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present prehendam prehendās prehendat prehendāmus prehendātis prehendant
imperfect prehenderem prehenderēs prehenderet prehenderēmus prehenderētis prehenderent
perfect prehenderim prehenderīs prehenderit prehenderīmus prehenderītis prehenderint
pluperfect prehendissem prehendissēs prehendisset prehendissēmus prehendissētis prehendissent
passive present prehendar prehendāris, prehendāre prehendātur prehendāmur prehendāminī prehendantur
imperfect prehenderer prehenderēris, prehenderēre prehenderētur prehenderēmur prehenderēminī prehenderentur
perfect prehensus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect prehensus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present prehende prehendite
future prehenditō prehenditō prehenditōte prehenduntō
passive present prehendere prehendiminī
future prehenditor prehenditor prehenduntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives prehendere prehendisse prehensūrus esse prehendī prehensus esse prehensum īrī
participles prehendēns prehensūrus prehensus prehendendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
prehendere prehendendī prehendendō prehendendum prehensum prehensū

Derived terms[edit]



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