Two hands grasp in a handshake.
- The definition of grasp is a firm hold on something.
An example of grasp is a strong hold onto a banister.
- Grasp is defined as to have a firm hold on something.
- An example of grasp is to tightly hold a rail.
- An example of grasp is to fully understand a scientific concept.
- to take hold of firmly with or as with the hand or arms; grip
- to take hold of eagerly or greedily; seize
- to take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend
Origin of graspMiddle English graspen, by metathesis ; from an unverified form grapsen, probably ; from Middle Low German (as in LowG, Frisian grapsen), akin to Norwegian dialect, dialectal grapsa, to scratch, Old Norse grapa, to snatch: see grab
- to reach for and try to seize: with at
- to accept eagerly: with at
- the act of grasping; grip or clasp of the hand or arms
- a firm hold; control; possession
- the power to hold or seize; reach
- power of understanding; comprehension
verbgrasped, grasp·ing, grasps
- To take hold of or seize firmly with the hand, the foot, another body part, or an instrument: The elephant grasped the branch with its trunk.
- To hold with the arms; embrace.
- To take hold of intellectually; comprehend. See Synonyms at understand.
- To make a motion of seizing, snatching, or clutching.
- To show eager and prompt willingness or acceptance: grasps at any opportunity.
- The act of grasping.
- a. A firm hold or grip.b. An embrace.
- The ability or power to seize or attain; reach: Victory in the election was within her grasp.
- Understanding; comprehension: “only a vague intuitive grasp of the meaning of greatness in literature” (Gilbert Highet).
Origin of graspMiddle English graspen; see ghrebh-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present grasps, present participle grasping, simple past and past participle grasped)
Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of Old English græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.
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