\ 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



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


gripper noun

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


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.


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

Her decision to release Vincent sparked an uproar, largely due to the widely circulated and gripping video of the attack, in which Kosarian struggles with Vincent and is thrown to the ground. Dominic Fracassa,, "Will suspect in Embarcadero attack be freed Thursday?," 28 Aug. 2019 Hong Kong police have fired more than 1,800 rounds of tear gas as the mass protests gripping the city have become increasingly fraught. Austin Ramzy,, "In Hong Kong, a backlash over 1,800 rounds of tear gas," 24 Aug. 2019 The camp director emerged from the trees gripping a sword. Mac Schwerin, Vox, "The case against summer camp," 16 Aug. 2019 The heatwave currently gripping Texas is so extreme that local law enforcement officials have been forced to take dramatic action. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "It’s so Hot in Texas That Police Are Canceling Criminal Activity," 13 Aug. 2019 Greinke gathered himself, gripped a baseball in his right hand and began an Astros career engulfed with epic expectations. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rout Rockies, pick up Zack Greinke in his debut," 6 Aug. 2019 Photos showed the helpless raccoon gazing up from the grate, its little paws gripping the metal covering for support. al, "Raccoon freed from sewer grate after ‘quite the operation’," 2 Aug. 2019 The ambitious SyFy series based on James SA Corey's beloved novels had just the right mix of visual gusto, gripping action, geopolitical drama, and addictively tense pacing to keep us glued for its three seasons. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Expanse fans, no need to worry—Amazon orders season 5 of its new sci-fi show," 29 July 2019 The result is a film that’s in equal measure gripping and frustrating, a work of nonfiction in which the elision of many factual elements, in the interest of compact dramaturgy, makes an extraordinary true story feel fabricated. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Honeyland,” Reviewed: A Gripping, Frustrating Documentary About a Beekeeper’s Fragile Isolation," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If only to break the monopolistic grip of Clemson and Alabama, could college football fans possibly pull for Kelly’s plucky underdogs? George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why college football needs new blood to break through current playoff blockade," 30 Aug. 2019 Choi reportedly held a cult-like grip over the former president, and colluded with her to receive donations totally 77.4 billion won ($63 million) from Korean companies including Samsung. Jane Li, Quartz, "Samsung just can’t leave South Korea’s worst influence-peddling scandal behind," 29 Aug. 2019 Parting Shot The Indianapolis Colts, their fans and the rest of the NFL and football-watching world continued to come to grips Sunday with quarterback Andrew Luck‘s stunning retirement announcement Saturday night. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nolan Arenado reaches milestone shared by just one other Rockies player," 26 Aug. 2019 The girl broke from Davis’ grip and ran from the restaurant, police said. Kaylee Remington,, "Man accused of trying to abduct girl at Massillon McDonald’s, police say," 24 Aug. 2019 The parts -- sights, stocks, muzzles, buffer kits and grips -- arrived in three shipments and had a combined value of more than $378,000, US Customs and Border Protection said Thursday in a news release. Jason Hanna And Melissa Alonso, CNN, "US seizes 52,000 gun parts illegally imported from China to California," 24 Aug. 2019 That smaller version allowed the team to check what sort of grip would be needed for the steps, taking note of the windy desert environment. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, "Beyoncé's ‘Homecoming’ Coachella pyramid merges art and flash," 23 Aug. 2019 The conservative grip on the Supreme Court means that liberals can expect many more defeats than victories for the foreseeable future. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Conservative Judges Are Brawling Over Originalism," 22 Aug. 2019 Americans are again seeing the gun lobby’s tight grip on Trump's @WhiteHouse & Republicans. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says gun deaths are a public health emergency but his solutions are ambiguous," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of grip


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


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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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)



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


\ 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.



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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