\ 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

There, Strampel grabbed her left buttock and gripped it firmly during a photo-op, the complaint states. Elizabeth Joseph And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Larry Nassar's former boss at MSU gets a year in jail for misconduct and neglect of duty," 7 Aug. 2019 Taylor’s death in July 2018 struck yet another blow to a city gripped by gun violence. Tim Prudente,, "Mother of Taylor Hayes arrested at trial of daughter’s alleged killer," 31 July 2019 After that relationship exploded, way worse fears gripped me. Margaret Wappler, Orange County Register, "First Person: Finding solace and security amid the beauty of Laguna Beach," 27 July 2019 Trade tensions with the US gripped the Chinese economy during 2018, and as growth sputtered worldwide, China’s wealthy lost nearly $530 billion, likely because of a dip in the country’s stock market. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "China’s elite lost $530 billion in 2018," 8 July 2019 These are two men who see themselves reflected in the other—two international pariahs who, while hostile to a free press, understand the media’s love of a gripping performance. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Meaning of Trump’s Historic North Korean Jaunt, in One Image," 2 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If there is one area where society has had some difficulty adapting to a space where cannabis products are legal and readily available is many people still do not have a grip on how to properly use edibles. Mike Adams,, "Are there any downsides to marijuana legalization?," 11 Sep. 2019 WeWork’s triple-class share structure ensures Neumann has an undisputed grip on the company’s decisions. Los Angeles Times, "WeWork considers governance changes to save IPO," 11 Sep. 2019 The Cubs have a tenuous grip on the National League’s second wild-card spot, two games up on the Milwaukee Brewers. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 French patriots have a grip on the Ile de la Cite, the Palais de Justice, the Prefecture of Police, the Prefecture of the Seine, most of the Mairies (neighborhood town halls) and the factory district. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Allied forces liberate Paris from Nazis," 25 Aug. 2019 O'Rourke and Castro have a fundraising grip on their home state of Texas, but for how long? Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "New Dallas Republican wants Allred's seat, Texas House drama, Democratic debate tonight," 30 July 2019 At the helm of the restaurant’s kitchen since conception, McDaniel has a firm grip on SpringHouse’s concept, even as the menu flexes., "This Lake Martin restaurant has an ever-changing menu," 3 July 2019 In other places, interests like these still have a tight grip on power. Maloy Moore,, "California trails in regulating short-term lenders. This bill could finally rein them in," 25 June 2019 Houghton did far more than that, ensuring the team held a firm grip on the game and keeping those around her focused., "England 3-0 Cameroon: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lionesses Roar Into Quarter Finals," 23 June 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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