\ 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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gripper noun

Synonyms for grip

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Extraordinarily cold weather continues to grip the Antarctic Plateau. Jason Samenow And Kasha Patel, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2021 Its light and hollow flakes are easy to grip and crush, readily adhere to protein, and dissolve quickly. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 28 Sep. 2021 Electricity demand in Texas is expected to climb to an all-time high as searing heat continues to grip the region. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, the heat continues to grip the western U.S. and excessive heat warnings are up from California to Utah. Janice Dean, Fox News, 12 July 2021 Three fires raging in Northern California have been spurred by bone-dry vegetation, gusty winds and a record-setting heat wave that continues to grip the region. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Opioid addiction continues to grip the Commonwealth, its consequences on full display at the intersection of Mass and Cass every day., 23 June 2021 From how runners hold their arms to where quarterbacks grip the football, professionals are often the first to tout the importance of mastering fundamental skills. Michael Mcmullen, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 As extreme heat is expected to grip the West this week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Politicians also say a heavy political price could be paid come election season if the city doesn't get a grip on increasing violence. NBC News, 10 Oct. 2021 The news may be unwelcome to regulators who are trying adamantly to get a grip on the fast-growing $2.3 trillion market for digital coins. Declan Harty, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 Those who think the sky is falling need to get a grip because Oregon is going to finish this season with only one or two losses and win the Pac-12 again. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2021 As the nation continues to try to get a grip on the coronavirus pandemic, many companies are mandating its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to keep employees safe. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 The past few weeks have seen one Biden disaster after another, from the humiliating retreat from Afghanistan and the chaos at the southern border to rising inflation and the failure to get a grip on Covid-19. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Smith’s suspension, announced on Tuesday, is the second this season as Major League Baseball cracks down on pitchers using sticky substances to get a better grip on the ball., 24 Aug. 2021 June is when word came down that Major League Baseball would start punishing pitchers who used sticky substances on their fingers to get a better grip on the baseball and increase their spin rate. Matt Young, Chron, 9 July 2021 Doctoring up the baseball with more than just stuff to get a better grip? Michael Rand, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021

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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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6 Oct 2021

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“Grip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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