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verb [transitive]     clasp pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclasping
past tenseclasped
past participleclasped
  1. 1
    mainly literary to hold someone or something tightly with your hand

    He clasped Lindsay’s hand tightly.

    clasp something to/over something:

    Rick had a handkerchief clasped to his nose to try to stop the bleeding.

    1. a.
      if you clasp your hands, or if they are clasped, you hold them together with the fingers of one hand in between the fingers of the other

      Porter clasped his hands behind his head and grinned.

    2. b.
      literary to hold someone or something tightly with your arms

      She lay beside him, clasped in his arms.

      She clasped the crying child to her breast.

  2. 2
    to fasten something that has a clasp
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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