grip

verb
\ˈgrip \
gripped; gripping

Definition of grip 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to seize or hold firmly gripped the door handle

2 : to hold the interest of strongly a story that grips the reader

grip

noun

Definition of grip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a strong or tenacious grasp had a good grip on the tennis racket

b : strength in gripping

c : manner or style of gripping the balanced grip of an expert golfer

2a : a firm tenacious hold typically giving control, mastery, or understanding has the country in his grip

b : mental grasp can't seem to get a grip on calculus

3 : a part or device for gripping

4 : a part by which something is grasped especially : handle

5 : suitcase

6a : a stage worker who handles scenery, properties, or lights : stagehand

b : a technician on a motion-picture or television set who handles and maintains equipment (such as cameras and their dollies and cranes)

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Other Words from grip

Verb

gripper noun
grippingly \ˈgri-piŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for grip

Synonyms: Verb

clench, cling (to), clutch, hold

Synonyms: Noun

arm, authority, clutch, command, control, death grip, dominion, hold, mastery, power, reign, rein(s), sway

Antonyms: Noun

impotence, impotency, powerlessness

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Examples of grip in a Sentence

Verb

The little boy gripped his mother's hand tightly. I gripped the door handle and pulled as hard as I could. The story really grips the reader. The scandal has gripped the nation.

Noun

His tennis instructor showed him the proper backhand grip. a golfer with an incorrect grip He has been doing all he can to maintain his grip on the company's finances. I need new grips for my golf clubs.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More: Out of the cave, onto the big screen: Hollywood has its sights on gripping Thai rescue Chinese-American director Chu tweeted about his rival project Wednesday. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Director Jon Chu working on Thai cave rescue movie, will not allow Hollywood #whitewashout," 11 July 2018 The occasion: The series finale of The Americans, FX’s gripping six-season Cold War drama. Daniel H. Pink, The Atlantic, "The Future of Television Is Being Able to Pick Shows by Length," 11 June 2018 Following its initial success at Westport Country Playhouse in 2016, Ayad Akhtar’s gripping drama has been remounted at TheaterWorks by its original director, most of its designers and three of its original four cast members. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, ""Invisible Hand" Has Fresh Urgency At TheaterWorks," 1 June 2018 While the storytelling falters in some parts and digresses in others — like the abrupt shift of focus to a young village widow (Zeng Meihuizi) in the final third — Pluto Moment offers substantial drama and gripping images aplenty. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Pluto Moment' ('Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 23 May 2018 Despite not being able to move his arms, with intensive therapy, Callahan could grip a pen hard enough to draw. refinery29.com, "How John Callahan Used His Disability To Fuel Fearlessly Funny Cartoons," 13 July 2018 Most humans would probably grip the neck, which is designed with those nice finger holds. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robots Can't Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help," 13 July 2018 Many anxious fliers manage their fear by gripping the seats, studying the flight attendants or analyzing every last bit of turbulence, Farchione says. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why Some People Have a Crippling Fear of Flying — and How They Can Overcome It," 6 July 2018 Smith gripped the Brit-soul baton and ran, through to the release of last year’s The Thrill of It All. Drew Lazor, Philly.com, "Sam Smith at the Wells Fargo Center: The Londoner rocks Philly on Independence Day," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Survivors end up returning to Mexico to investigate the origins of the curse in order to find a way to disrupt it, or to free themselves from its grip, leading to a finale of truths, dares and demonic detours. Gary Thompson, charlotteobserver, "Movie review: Nary a scare in ‘Truth or Dare’ | Charlotte Observer," 12 Apr. 2018 Clapping may be commonplace at council meetings when officials give out keys to the city or other grip-and-grin awards, but let it be known, there is to be no applause during the public comment portion of City Council meetings in Amarillo, Texas. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "‘We are not going to clap’ at council meetings, mayor said. One guy even got arrested | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Apr. 2018 Many investors saw that tie-up, of Cheil Industries Inc. and Samsung C&T Corp., as a way for Mr. Lee to strengthen his grip on the conglomerate. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "South Korea Regulator Says Samsung BioLogics Violated Accounting Rules," 12 July 2018 While struggling with that woman, whose name has not been released, Blessing lost her grip on the gun. CBS News, ""Bizarre": Arizona woman, 92, shoots 72-year-old son to death, police say," 4 July 2018 Elsewhere in Group F, Mexico take on South Korea, and will be looking to secure their second set of three points in order to strengthen their grip on making it to the last 16. SI.com, "Mats Hummels Ruled Out of Germany's Crucial Sweden Encounter With 'Cervical Vertebrae Injury'," 22 June 2018 Four decades on, the Miss Hong Kong pageant seems to have lost its powerful grip on the local population.... Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Trump would have viewed an Obama-Kim summit, Trump-Kim summit sparks hope of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, Trump’s G7 affront to common values, Australia to combat Russian election interference, Beauty pageants are rapidly losing their appeal," 22 June 2018 Romero struck out the first two batters of the game and then got Trey Hair to swing and miss, which resulted in Hair losing his grip on the bat. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "IronBirds don't score, drop season opener, 4-0, to Hudson Valley," 16 June 2018 Republicans are losing their grip on wealthier places like Chester County. NBC News, "Meet the Press -May 20, 2018," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of grip

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grip

Verb

Middle English grippen, from Old English grippan; akin to Old English grīpan

Noun

see grip entry 1

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More Definitions for grip

grip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to grab or hold (something) tightly

: to get and hold the interest or attention of (someone)

grip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grip (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of grabbing or holding something

: a way or style of holding something

: power or control

grip

verb
\ˈgrip \
gripped; gripping

Kids Definition of grip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to grab or hold tightly

2 : to hold the interest of The story grips the reader.

grip

noun

Kids Definition of grip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a strong grasp

2 : strength in holding : power the grip of winter

3 : understanding entry 1 sense 1 I finally have a grip on division.

4 : self-control Calm down and get a grip.

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