clasp2 [transitive] written
to hold someone or something tightly, closing your fingers or arms around them [= grip]:
A baby monkey clasps its mother's fur tightly.
clasp your hands/arms around/behind something
Fenella leaned forward, clasping her hands around her knees.
She stood with her hands clasped tightly together.
clasp somebody/something in your hands/arms
She clasped the photograph in her hands.
clasp somebody to your chest/bosom (=hold someone tightly with your arms)
to fasten something with a clasp