Grasp - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡræsp|  American pronunciation of the word grasp
Brit.  |ɡrɑːsp|  British pronunciation of the word grasp


- understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something(syn: appreciation, hold)
- the limit of capability (syn: compass, range, reach)
- an intellectual hold or understanding(syn: grip)
- the act of grasping (syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grip, hold)


- hold firmly
- get the meaning of something (syn: apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, grok, savvy)


I grasped the end of the rope and pulled as hard as I could.

I grasped the rope by its end.

His arthritis is so bad he can barely grasp a pencil.

The author shows a weak grasp of military strategy.

The books on the top shelf are just beyond my grasp.

She moved the toy to within the baby's grasp.

She felt the solution was within her grasp.

I readily grasped at his proposal.

She imperfectly grasped the rudiments of the science.

I grasped his arm firmly and led him away.

Alan grasped the handle and pulled it.

At that time, we did not fully grasp the significance of what had happened.

Some people find the idea of relativity difficult to grasp.

A short opening paragraph enables the reader to quickly grasp what the article is about.

Nick had grasped that something was wrong.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: grasp
he/she/it: grasps
present participle: grasping
past tense: grasped
past participle: grasped
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