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English definition of “clasp”


verb [T]     /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.Having in your hands
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