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verb [transitive] clasp pronunciation in British English /klɑːsp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyclasp
he/she/itclasps
present participleclasping
past tenseclasped
past participleclasped

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  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. 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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