grip

1 of 2

verb

gripped; gripping

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
gripper noun

grip

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noun

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
6
a
: 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)

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The tread’s ability to grip snow or disperse water is almost beside the point. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2022 Use a potholder to grip the handle of the skillet in one hand and place your other hand flat on the back of the plate. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 Operating like a standard pencil, this product was easy to grip and swipe across my brow, getting under the arch and along the tail. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 The grids will again be strained this week as scorching temperatures grip the Pacific Northwest and much of the Southeast. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 The drywall absorbs so much of the first paint layer that the next coat can’t grip well. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2022 Manager Buck Showalter said Marte still can’t grip a bat but also did not declare him out for the opening round of the postseason. Larry Fleisher, ajc, 4 Oct. 2022 All of these design choices amount to shoes that can grip and bend with your foot through toe and heel hooks on overhanging terrain. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 30 Sep. 2022 Quixotic is a mild term for the compulsions that grip these people, and their adventures are more harrowing than anything Cervantes’s knight of the doleful countenance ever experienced. A. O. Scott, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022
Noun
Whether any are up to the task for moving him aside is the great question for a party still trapped in Trump’s grip. Dan Balz, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Some are wondering -- hoping might be a better word -- that this slight dip of a season is a sign that Saban's grip on the game is loosening. Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2022 Perhaps this is not just about President Biden’s strengthened grip on party leadership. James Freeman, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2022 But the former president’s grip on significant portions of the party will endure. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2022 There are signs Trump's grip on the party may be loosening. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2022 Pro-democracy protesters in the city have occasionally used symbols from the British colonial era to mark defiance against mainland China’s increasingly tight grip on the semi-autonomous city. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 11 Nov. 2022 Many of those countries are eager to ink a free trade deal that would open up American and Asian markets and loosen China’s economic grip on the region. Courtney Subramanianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Republicans' divides, meanwhile, are largely driven less by policy and more by Trump's vice-like grip on the GOP grassroots. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 6 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

Middle English grippen, from Old English grippan; akin to Old English grīpan

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of grip was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near grip

Cite this Entry

“Grip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grip. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

grip 1 of 2

verb

gripped; gripping
1
: to seize firmly
2
: to hold strongly the interest of
the story grips the reader

grip

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: a firm grasp
b
: strength in gripping
c
: a way of clasping the hand by which members of a secret society recognize or greet one another
2
a
: a firm hold giving control
in the grip of winter
3
: a part or device for gripping or by which something is grasped
especially : handle entry 1 sense 1
4

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