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verb grip pronunciation in British English /ɡrɪp/ 
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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
      Synonyms and related words for this sense of grip
  2. 2
    [transitive] to have a strong effect on someone

    A feeling of fear gripped the crowd.

    Britain was still gripped by recession.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to keep someone very interested in something

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

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