V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. worried that something bad may happen; 2. aware of possible implications

Synonyms: afraid, anxious, fearful, worried, uneasy, aware

Antonyms: calm, untroubled

Tips: The noun apprehension refers to nervousness or anxiety over something that is anticipated. It can also refer to the ability to understand the importance of something and is a more formal way to denote understanding.

Usage Examples:

Julie was apprehensive before the big exam, but once it began, she realized she knew the material. (anxious, worried)

Nick's apprehension of the complexity of the situation led the group to choose him as the new director. (understanding, awareness) noun

The little girl was apprehensive about her first swimming lesson, but once she was in the pool, she had a great time. (afraid, anxious)

As the Olympics drew nearer, the athlete began to feel considerable apprehension along with his excitement. (nervousness) noun

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