Grasp Definition

grăsp
grasped, grasping, grasps
verb
grasped, grasping, grasps
To reach for and try to seize.
Webster's New World
To take hold of firmly with or as with the hand or arms; grip.
Webster's New World
To take hold of eagerly or greedily; seize.
Webster's New World
To accept eagerly.
Webster's New World
To take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend.
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noun
grasps
The act of grasping; grip or clasp of the hand or arms.
Webster's New World
A firm hold; control; possession.
Webster's New World
An embrace.
American Heritage
The power to hold or seize; reach.
Webster's New World
Power of understanding; comprehension.
Webster's New World
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abbreviation
(software, object-oriented design) Acronym of General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns (Principles).
Wiktionary
idiom
grasp
  • To search in desperation for a solution to a difficulty.
American Heritage
grasp the nettle
  • To take on a difficult problem directly and energetically.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Grasp

Noun

Singular:
grasp
Plural:
grasps

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Grasp

Origin of Grasp

  • Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of Old English græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English graspen ghrebh-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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