grip

verb
\ ˈgrip How to pronounce grip (audio) \
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[=gain a good understanding of] on calculus … I'm curious to see if preteens have a grip on this fairly sophisticated concept.— John Hoffman
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 How to pronounce grippingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for grip

Synonyms: Verb

clench, cling (to), clutch, hold

Synonyms: Noun

carry-on, carryall, handbag, holdall [chiefly British], portmanteau, suitcase, traveling bag, wallet

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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

The drone incident immediately heightened the crisis already gripping the wider region, which is rooted in Trump withdrawing the U.S. a year ago from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and imposing crippling new sanctions on Tehran. Washington Post, "Amid tough talk, Trump says he could be Iran’s ‘best friend’," 23 June 2019 Sanda slid down the IV stand, gripping it in one hand, and sank to her ass on the cold floor. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A starfighter pilot awakens in an unwelcome future in this excerpt from Velocity Weapon," 11 June 2019 But when her son was born in 2003, anxiety gripped her, robbing her of sleep. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "There's a new drug for postpartum depression, but wait till you see the price tag," 20 June 2019 Fraser grips my hand and concentrates hard as a scooter threatens to collide with us. Will Hawkes, Houston Chronicle, "He promised his son Rome — would it deliver?," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jim Young/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A decade after the Great Recession released its grip on the American economy, the job market shows no sign of falling into another slump. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Strong Jobs Report Eases Fears of Damage From Trade War," 5 July 2019 Though Ms Lam has suspended the extradition bill, political veterans expect the Communist Party to tighten its grip in myriad, less visible ways. A.k., The Economist, "What is China’s “one country, two systems” policy?," 30 June 2019 Maduro has survived one coup and one assassination attempt in the past two years, as the country’s economic collapse has weakened his grip on power. Anatoly Kurmanaev, BostonGlobe.com, "Venezuelan Navy captain accused of rebellion dies after signs of torture," 30 June 2019 After a far from convincing round of 16 victory, the USA were eager to affirm their grip of the game from the start. SI.com, "France 1-2 USA: Report, Ratings & Reaction as USWNT Edge Past Hosts to Reach Semi-Final," 28 June 2019 Another deadly heat wave has Europe in its sweaty grip this week. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Europe has had five 500-year summers in 15 years. And now this," 28 June 2019 Little buttons on the back of our iPhones to keep them steady in our grips. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Summer’s Hottest Accessory Is... an Inflatable Drink Holder?," 24 June 2019 The second defeat in Istanbul marked a major embarrassment for the president and could also weaken what until recently seemed to be his iron grip on power. NBC News, "Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul," 23 June 2019 In recent years the Taliban has strengthened its grip over Afghanistan -- between 60% and 70% of the country is now contested or under its control. Edward Kiernan, CNN, "They wanted a son so much they made their daughter live as a boy," 18 June 2019

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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 and Noun

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

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The first known use of grip was before the 12th century

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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 How to pronounce grip (audio) \
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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