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
I grasped the end of the rope and pulled as hard as I could.
I grasped the rope by its end.
His arthritis is so bad he can barely grasp a pencil. Noun
The author shows a weak grasp of military strategy.
The books on the top shelf are just beyond my grasp.
She moved the toy to within the baby's grasp.
She felt the solution was within her grasp. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
At first blush, there’s plenty about Brian Head Resort that’s counter-intuitive ... and lots to make a person pause to fully grasp.The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Nov. 2022 Its pointillistic portrait of the world of Earn, Glover’s character, could, at times, give us little onto which to grasp.
Daniel D'addario, Variety, 7 Nov. 2022 Softness would mean a robot hand could envelop something, like a blob that wraps around an item, creating many points of contact—a simpler way to grasp than the precise movements of most robotic arms and pincers.
Jackie Snow, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 This cutie walked away with a Good Housekeeping Institute Toy Award because the 12 pegs were easy for little hands to grasp.
Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 14 Oct. 2022 Because of that, the coping mechanisms therapists suggest can feel too abstract for kids to grasp.
Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 Bowie was too big, and too magnificent, for any of us to fully grasp, and his loss still hurts.
Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 16 Sep. 2022 And these collective activity patterns are too complicated for humans to grasp without the aid of mathematical tools.WIRED, 3 Oct. 2022 Why is this so hard for novice entrepreneurs to grasp?
Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2022
Next week, job seekers will start to get a much better grasp on what many employers are willing to pay – and so will a company’s existing employees.
Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 28 Oct. 2022 However, this year’s group seems to have a better grasp of team identity.
Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 13 Oct. 2022 Navy support of marine science led to an expansive understanding of the ocean as a physical medium—a better grasp of currents, marine sound transmission and deep-sea geology.
Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2022 Watch the videos on getting started, creating that first effect, and visual scripting for a better grasp on the overall process.
Reece Rogers, WIRED, 18 Sep. 2022 Enlarge / Dyson is trying to get a grasp on home robotics.
Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 25 May 2022 Miller still has to round out the rest of his coaching staff and get a better grasp of where his roster's at because that will impact what Xavier needs to focus on in the transfer portal.
Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2022 Tunity believes its technology gives it a better grasp on such tabulation.
Brian Steinberg, Variety, 2 Mar. 2022 These monsters benefit not just from a redesign but also coming from later in the design cycle when the team had a better grasp of elements like balance and resistance.
Rob Wieland, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 See More
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