grip - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb 

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/ɡrɪp/
present tense
I/you/we/theygrip
he/she/itgrips
present participlegripping
past tensegripped
past participlegripped
  1. 1
    [transitive] to hold something tightly

    She gripped Frank’s hand firmly to show her support.

    Although the car was stationary, his hands were still gripping the wheel.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if shoes or tyres grip, they hold a surface firmly and so do not slip
  2. 3
    [transitive] to keep someone very interested in something

    The case has gripped the public because of the celebrities involved.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    4
    to get a firm grasp of; to take ownership of and deal with

    European leaders have got to grip and focus on the main issues.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/05/2014