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

Pitchers on both teams struggled to grip the ball in Chicago’s 9-6 victory. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 Hold your weight at chest level and grip it firmly with both hands. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why the Goblet Squat Is Good for Beginners," 27 Mar. 2019 One of the most important components of rock climbing is the ability to grip small nubs and hang from micro-thin edges. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Forget Your Washboard Abs, the Hottest Workout Is for Your Fingers," 28 Nov. 2018 Video of the incident shows the officer grabbing Grisham’s firearm, causing the Army veteran to grip the stock — a movement that prompted his arrest. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Gun rights activist targeting GOP candidate," 4 May 2018 High marks for the beverage cup-holders at each hole, freeing up your hands to grip your putter and fully concentrate on that next hole-in-one strategy. Gunnar Johnson, southflorida.com, "8 South Florida mini-golf courses worth taking a swing at," 18 Apr. 2018 They are driven by the same desire to explore and update their traditional dress codes that has gripped so many of their peers. Vogue, "The Girls Behind YanYan, a New Knit Label From Hong Kong, Are Making Modern Maa Maa Style," 14 Mar. 2019 Many in Brazil have grown frustrated with the status quo due to a slew of political and economic crises that have gripped the country in recent years. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Corruption, fake news, and WhatsApp: how Bolsonaro won Brazil," 29 Oct. 2018 Tension that had gripped this small town near the site finally broke Tuesday evening as the last of the ambulances turned on their lights and sirens and raced downhill from the cave. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "How the world came together to save 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Advertising ___ VILLARREAL COLLAPSES LATE Villarreal suffered yet another late collapse to give Valencia a firm grip of their all-Spanish quarterfinal, as Daniel Wass and Goncalo Guedes both scored for the visitors in injury time. Karel Janicek, The Seattle Times, "Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia and Benfica win in Europa League," 11 Apr. 2019 Makeup Grace has created innovative attachments to improve grip and overall experience. Marci Robin, Allure, "A New Makeup Brand Is Making Mascara Wands More Accessible for People With Disabilities," 22 Mar. 2019 The Bulgarian bag is essentially a nicer iteration of the sandbag, thanks to its soft leather covering, crescent shape that fits snugly around the shoulders, easy-to-grip straps, and stuffing of both sand and wool. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is the Bulgarian Bag? All About Halle Berry’s New Favorite Strength Training Tool," 6 Mar. 2019 The Trump Administration has found European and Latin American support for its Venezuela policy but less backing on Cuba, whose government has already withstood a 60-year U.S. embargo without showing any signs of losing its grip on power. Michael Weissenstein, The Seattle Times, "Prince Charles, Camilla tour Old Havana on royal visit," 25 Mar. 2019 Some hoped to escape by sliding down cables in the elevator shaft, only to lose their grip. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "Many Women Who Died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 Were Young Immigrants," 25 Mar. 2019 By the mid-15th century the economy was in the grip of hyperinflationary cycles. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The High Cost of Financial Panics," 10 Jan. 2019 One dog bought in the first grip of divorce guilt — a dog who is now 16 and will most likely live forever. Jen Mcguire, Good Housekeeping, "I Raised Four Sons as a Single Mom. Now That They're Grown, I'm Off to Europe.," 17 Dec. 2018 For the past several weeks, France has been in the grip of widespread protests and riots that have led to clashes with police, leaving several people dead, hundreds more injured, and thousands of dollars’ worth of property damaged. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests," 11 Dec. 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 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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