- 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.
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- 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: Middle English graspen, by metathesis from an unverified form grapsen, probably from Middle Low German (as inch(es) 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
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verb grasped, grasp·ing, grasps verb, transitive
- To take hold of or seize firmly with or as if with the hand.
- To clasp firmly with or as if with the hand.
- To take hold of intellectually; comprehend. See Synonyms at apprehend.
- 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: Middle English graspen; see ghrebh-1 in Indo-European roots.