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verb [transitive] clasp pronunciation in American English /klæsp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclasping
past tenseclasped
past participleclasped
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    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.
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    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.


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