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grasp

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1 the ability to direct the course of something

  • for a time it looked like most of Europe would be within Hitlerʼs grasp
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2 the act or manner of holding

  • during the roller coaster ride, my date clutched my arm with a deathlike grasp
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3 the knowledge gained from the process of coming to know or understand something

  • I think I finally have a grasp of Spanish grammar
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grasp

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1 to have a practical understanding of

  • he just doesn't grasp how important it is that he call when he'll be late
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2 to put oneʼs arms around and press tightly

  • the departing soldier grasped his children a little closer than usual
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3 to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms

  • the attendant grasped my arm and steered me towards the door
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hang on to, lay hold of

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4 to have a clear idea of

  • the emergency operator finally grasped what he was trying to tell her
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pick up on

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take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control.
    • take some salad from the bowl
seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible.
    • seized the suspect
grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession.
    • grasp the handle and pull
clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding.
    • clutching her purse
snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize.
    • snatched a doughnut and ran
grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch.
    • grabbed roughly by the arm


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