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grasp

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verb \ˈgrasp\

Definition of grasp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make the motion of seizing :  clutch grasping for support

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to take or seize eagerly grasp the opportunity for advancement

  5. 2 :  to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms grasped the pen and began writing

  6. 3 :  to lay hold of with the mind :  comprehend failed to grasp the danger of the situation

graspable

play \ˈgra-spə-bəl\ adjective

grasper

noun

grasp at straws

  1. :  to reach for or try anything in desperation

grasp the nettle

  1. :  to act boldly

Examples of grasp in a Sentence

  1. I grasped the end of the rope and pulled as hard as I could.

  2. I grasped the rope by its end.

  3. His arthritis is so bad he can barely grasp a pencil.

Origin and Etymology of grasp

Middle English graspen


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of grasp

take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control. take some salad from the bowl seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible. seized the suspect grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession. grasp the handle and pull clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding. clutching her purse snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize . snatched a doughnut and ran grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch . grabbed roughly by the arm

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grasp

noun

Definition of grasp

  1. 1a :  handleb :  embrace

  2. 2 :  hold, control kept a firm grasp on the rope

  3. 3a :  the reach of the arms The books on the top shelf were beyond my grasp.b :  the power of seizing and holding or attaining success lay within their grasp

  4. 4 :  mental hold or comprehension especially when broad a remarkable grasp of the subject

Examples of grasp in a Sentence

  1. The author shows a weak grasp of military strategy.

  2. The books on the top shelf are just beyond my grasp.

  3. She moved the toy to within the baby's grasp.

  4. She felt the solution was within her grasp.

Origin and Etymology of grasp

see 1grasp


First Known Use: 1561



GRASP Defined for English Language Learners

grasp

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verb

Definition of grasp for English Language Learners

  • : to take and hold (something) with your fingers, hands, etc.

  • : to understand (something that is complicated or difficult)

grasp

noun

Definition of grasp for English Language Learners

  • : a usually strong hold

  • : an understanding of something

  • : the distance that can be reached by your arms and hands


GRASP Defined for Kids

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grasp

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verb \ˈgrasp\

Definition of grasp for Students

grasped

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grasping

  1. 1 :  to seize and hold with or as if with the hand grasp a bat You must grasp the opportunity.

  2. 2 :  to make the motion of seizing She grasped at branches as she fell.

  3. 3 :  understand 1 He quickly grasped the idea.


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grasp

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noun

Definition of grasp for Students

  1. 1 :  a grip of the hand Keep a firm grasp on the rope.

  2. 2 :  2control 1, hold The land was in the grasp of a tyrant.

  3. 3 :  the power of seizing and holding :  reach He put the tools beyond the child's grasp.

  4. 4 :  1understanding 1 She has a good grasp of math.



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