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grasp

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of grasp

  1. 1 the ability to direct the course of something for a time it looked like most of Europe would be within Hitler's grasp Synonyms of grasp control, hand(s)Words Related to grasp clutch, grip, hold, mastery; arm, command, dominion, helm, sway; authority, domination, jurisdiction, might, power; administration, direction, governance, government, guidance, management, operation, oversight, regulation, running, superintendence, supervisionNear Antonyms of grasp helplessness, weakness; impotence, impotency, powerlessness

  2. 2 the act or manner of holding during the roller coaster ride, my date clutched my arm with a deathlike grasp Synonyms of grasp clasp, clench, grapple, hold, grip, handgrip, handholdWords Related to grasp anchorage, leverage, purchase; grab, seizure; foothold, footing, toehold; clinch, embrace, hugNear Antonyms of grasp release, relinquishment

  3. 3 the knowledge gained from the process of coming to know or understand something I think I finally have a grasp of Spanish grammar Synonyms of grasp appreciation, apprehension, comprehension, grip, hold, perception, percipience, understandingWords Related to grasp absorption, assimilation, digestion, uptake; conception, visualization; awareness, consciousness, enlightenment, realizationNear Antonyms of grasp misapprehension, miscomprehension, misinterpretation, misperception, misunderstandingAntonyms of grasp incomprehension, noncomprehension


grasp

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of grasp

  1. 1 to have a practical understanding of he just doesn't grasp how important it is that he call when he'll be late Synonyms of grasp comprehend, know, understandWords Related to grasp appreciate, apprehend, cognize, fathom, follow, ken [chiefly Scottish], perceive, savvy; have, possess; catch on (to), pick upNear Antonyms of grasp misapprehend, misconceive, misinterpret, misknow, misperceive, misunderstand

  2. 2 to put one's arms around and press tightly the departing soldier grasped his children a little closer than usual Synonyms of grasp bear-hug, clasp, crush, enclasp, enfold, embrace, hug, strainWords Related to grasp clamp, cling, cradle, grab, grip, hold; bosom, embosom, encircle, entwine, envelop, enwind; fold, lock, twine, wrap; cuddle, fondle, nestle, nuzzle, pat, pet, snuggle, stroke

  3. 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 Synonyms of grasp clasp, take, grip, holdWords Related to grasp clench, cling (to), clutch, hold on (to); catch, nab, seize, snatchNear Antonyms of grasp discharge, drop, free, liberate, release; deliver, entrust (also intrust), give, hand, hand over, pass, relinquish, transfer, transmit, turn over, unhand

  4. 4 to have a clear idea of the emergency operator finally grasped what he was trying to tell her Synonyms of grasp appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, comprehend, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understandWords Related to grasp absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of grasp misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of grasp miss

Synonym Discussion of grasp

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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