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verb [transitive] grasp pronunciation in American English /ɡræsp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygrasp
he/she/itgrasps
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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