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grapple

noun grap·ple \ ˈgra-pəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of grapple

1 a :the act or an instance of grappling
b :a hand-to-hand struggle
  • locked in a desperate grapple with his foe
c :a contest for superiority or mastery
  • their grapple with tyranny
2 :an instrument for grabbing or gripping something: such as
a :a bucket (as on an excavating machine) having hinged jaws

Examples of grapple in a Sentence

  1. was simply unable to break my opponent's viselike grapple and lost the wrestling match

  2. after a grapple with his conscience, he confessed to having an affair

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Origin and Etymology of grapple

Middle English grappel grappling hook, from Old French *grappelle, diminutive of grape hook — more at grape

grapple Synonyms

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grapple

verb

Definition of grapple

grappled; grappling play \ˈgra-p(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to seize with or as if with a grapple (see 1grapple 2)
2 :to grasp with the hands :wrestle
3 :to bind closely
intransitive verb
1 :to make a ship fast with a grappling hook
2 :to begin to understand or deal with something in a direct or effective way
  • Officials grappled with an increase in violent crimes.
3 :to use a grapple

grappler

play \ˈgra-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of grapple in a Sentence

  1. two sumo wrestlers grappling like a pair of mammoth bears

  2. a crane grappled the sunken boat and hoisted it above water

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Origin and Etymology of grapple

grapple Synonyms

Synonyms
wrestle, rassle, scuffle, tussle
Antonyms
miss
Related Words
battle, clash (with), combat, contend, duel, fight, war (against); bash, batter, beat, buffet, hit, punch, slug, strike; box, spar; brawl, skirmish
Near Antonyms
discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhand

GRAPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

grapple

verb

Definition of grapple for English Language Learners

  • : to hold and fight with another person

  • : to try to solve a problem : to deal with a problem


GRAPPLE Defined for Kids

grapple

verb

Definition of grapple for Students

grappled; grappling
1 :to seize or hold with an instrument (as a hook)
2 :to seize and struggle with another
  • Wrestlers grappled in the ring.
3 :to deal with
  • Leaders are grappling with the problem.


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