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Apren­der and Ap­pren­tice

The com­mon Span­ish word apren­der (“to learn”) comes from the sim­i­lar Latin, ap­pre­hen­dere for the same.

From the same Latin root, we get a va­ri­ety of re­lat­ed Eng­lish words, most no­tably, ap­pren­tice — an ap­pren­tice just learns from the mas­ter, right?

A few oth­er Eng­lish words come from the same root, al­though less di­rect­ly, in­clud­ing, ap­pre­hend: what is learn­ing if not ar­rest­ing all the in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge and wis­dom you hear and keep it in your mind? And ap­prise, which is just no­ti­fy­ing some­one — and that is re­al­ly just shar­ing your learn­ings! We al­so get the Eng­lish ap­pre­hen­sive: per­haps be­ing ap­pre­hen­sive is just be­ing scared of some knowl­edge?

The a‑p-r-n‑d root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in all of these vari­a­tions.


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