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verb [transitive] grasp pronunciation in American English /ɡræsp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegrasping
past tensegrasped
past participlegrasped
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  1. 1
    to take and hold something or someone very tightly

    She grasped his hand and pulled him toward her.

    grasp someone by the shoulders/arm/wrist etc.:

    He grasped her firmly by the shoulders.

  2. 2
    to understand something

    He was finding it difficult to grasp the rules of the game.

    grasp the meaning/significance of something:

    You should try to grasp the meaning of whole sentences.

    grasp a concept/principle/point:

    Charlie grasped the point at once.

  3. 3
    to take advantage of an opportunity when it happens

    We must grasp every opportunity if we are going to succeed.

    He had failed to grasp his one chance of happiness.

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