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clasp

verb [T] uk   /klɑːsp/ us    /klæsp/
to hold someone or something firmly in your hands or arms: He was clasping the vase tightly, terrified of dropping it. Lie on your back, clasp your knees and pull them down towards your chest. She clasped her son in her arms.

clasp

noun uk   /klɑːsp/ us    /klæsp/
[S] a tight hold with your hand or arms: She held the child's hand in a firm clasp as they crossed the road. [C] a small metal device that is used to fasten a belt, bag, or a piece of jewellery
Translations of “clasp”
in Korean 꽉 쥐다…
in Arabic يَحْضُن…
in French fermoir…
in Turkish kavramak, sıkıca tutmak, yakalamak…
in Italian stringere, serrare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 抱緊, 握緊, 抓緊…
in Russian обнимать, сжимать…
in Polish ściskać…
in Spanish cierre, broche…
in Portuguese apertar, agarrar, segurar…
in German der Haken…
in Catalan estrènyer, agafar…
in Japanese ~を抱きしめる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 抱紧, 握紧, 抓紧…
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