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noun [singular] grasp pronunciation in British English /ɡrɑːsp/
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  1. 1
    the ability to understand something
    have/get a grasp of something: The government has no grasp of their suffering.
    a good/firm/poor grasp of something: She has a good grasp of English.
    be beyond someone’s grasp (=be impossible for someone to understand): The tasks were beyond the intellectual grasp of many pupils.
  2. 2
    the ability to achieve something
    within/in someone’s grasp: Victory was now within their grasp.
    beyond/out of someone’s grasp: Peace was not completely beyond his grasp.
    slip from someone’s grasp (=become impossible for someone to achieve): Just when the game seemed to be slipping from their grasp, they scored a vital goal.
  3. 3
    a very tight hold of someone or something
    Suddenly he broke free from her grasp.
  4. 4
    power that someone has over someone or something
    He kept the reins of power firmly in his grasp.

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