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grasp

[ grasp, grahsp ]SEE DEFINITION OF grasp
  • nounhold, grip
  • noununderstanding
  • verbgrab
  • verbunderstand

Synonyms for grasp

  • butt
  • cinch
  • clamp
  • clasp
  • clench
  • clinch
  • clutches
  • embrace
  • grapple
  • lug
  • possession
  • purchase
  • tenure
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Antonyms for grasp

  • avoidance
  • ignorance
  • misconception
  • misunderstanding
  • release
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRASP

His grasp did not bruise, it did not seem to be tight; but the hand that held it was immovable.

His grasp of details delighted Uncle Peter and surprised Coplen.

Haley had grasped him by the shoulder, and in his grasp the boy's strength was nothing.

How will he despise what he can grasp, for the sake of the dim glory that eludes him!

No one will deny that the Buddhist, the Mahometan, the Confucianist, have their grasp of truth.

He did not love his neighbor enough to grasp the facts of the case.

He leaped toward Garson—would have wrenched the pistol from the other's grasp.

He thrust it back into his pocket, but his hand retained its grasp of it.

Here, professor, throw off that coat and nglig manner, and grasp this spade.

As they grasp the hands held out to them they exclaim, "God bless you!"

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "to reach for, feel around," possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen "to grasp," Middle Dutch grapen "to seize, grasp," Old English grapian "to touch, feel, grope"), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GRASP

absorb

verbmentally take in information
  • assimilate
  • comprehend
  • digest
  • follow
  • get
  • get into
  • grasp
  • incorporate
  • latch onto
  • learn
  • sense
  • soak up
  • take in
  • understand
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