From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgraspgrasp1 /ɡrɑːsp $ ɡræsp/ ●●○ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1HOLDto take and hold something firmly syn grip 🔊 I grasped his arm firmly and led him away. 🔊 Alan grasped the handle and pulled it.► see thesaurus at hold2[not in progressive]UNDERSTAND to completely understand a fact or an idea, especially a complicated one 🔊 At that time, we did not fully grasp the significance of what had happened. 🔊 Some people find the idea of relativity difficult to grasp.grasp what/how etc 🔊 A short opening paragraph enables the reader to quickly grasp what the article is about.grasp that 🔊 Nick had grasped that something was wrong.► see thesaurus at understand3 →grasp an opportunity4 →grasp the nettle →grasp at something→ See Verb table
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grasp• Fame has come suddenly, and Peyton is finding it hard to grasp.• Sciencelessons should be taught in a way that makes the materialeasier to grasp.• Taylor manages to explaintechnical ideas in a way that non-specialists can grasp.• This was separated from the other digits, giving their owners the ability to grasp and manipulateobjects.• They grasp at each other with numbedfingers for the comfort of touch.• Wexford grasped it in both his hands, raised it high and brought it down hard to meet the empty air.• What is so sad is that through all the tinselshines a reality, but we can not seem to grasp it.• Though I have no troublegrasping its concepts, math continues to be difficult for me.• The toothedwhales have a set of teeth which they use to grasp large and quick-moving prey, mainly squid or fish.• The army had failed to grasp that their mission was to protect the navy's ships, not vice versa.• The right balance of detail should help the reader quickly grasp the nature of the problem and your approach to it.• Obviously, she had barely grasped the subject.• The handgrips should be shaped so that children can grasp them firmly.grasp that• Abandoned by her family and deserted by her servants, Elena Petrescu was incapable of grasping that a revolution had happened.• Being registered as Paula Grey will lead the bayinghoundsstraight to you - once they grasp that I've disappeared too.• He should have grasped that it was indeed an irrepressibleconflict.• Lucker holds my hand with the kind of grasp that men at sea learn as a last resort.• When the workers are slow to grasp that reality, the results are often heartbreaking.• When will the Oppositiongrasp thatsimple fact?• He had also quickly grasped that the islanders would do nothing to endanger the safety of Sycorax.• They fail to grasp that what is required is their own detailed response to what is before them.graspgrasp2 ●○○ noun [singular] 🔊 🔊 1HOLDthe way you hold something or your ability to hold it syn grip 🔊 Luke took her arm in a firm grasp and led her through the gate. 🔊 He had allowed the ball to slip from his grasp.► see thesaurus at knowledge2UNDERSTANDyour ability to understand a complicated idea, situation, or subject syn understandinggrasp of 🔊 Her grasp of the issues was impressive.a good/firm/thorough etc grasp of something 🔊 Steve has a good grasp of the European legal system.grasp on 🔊 After two months, his grasp on the subject was improving.3DOyour ability to achieve or gain somethingwithin somebody’s grasp 🔊 An agreement to end the war seemed within their grasp.beyond somebody’s grasp 🔊 Many families are finding suitable housing beyond their grasp.4literaryCONTROL control or power 🔊 The king was determined not to let Scotland slip from his grasp.