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Meaning of “grasp” in the English Dictionary

"grasp" in British English

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graspverb [T]

uk   /ɡrɑːsp/  us   /ɡræsp/
  • grasp verb [T] (TAKE)

C1 to ​quickly take something in ​your hand(s) and ​hold it ​firmly: Rosie ​suddenly grasped my ​hand. If you grasp an ​opportunity, you take it ​eagerly: We must grasp every ​opportunity to ​strengtheneconomicties with other ​countries.

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graspnoun

uk   /ɡrɑːsp/  us   /ɡræsp/
  • grasp noun (HOLD)

C2 [S] the ​act of ​holding onto someone or something: He ​shook my ​hand with a very ​firm grasp.C2 [U] the ​ability to get, ​achieve, or ​keep something: The ​presidency at last ​looked within her grasp (= it ​lookedpossible that she might ​becomepresident). Why is ​success always beyond my grasp (= ​impossible to get)? The ​goldmedal slipped from his grasp (= he was ​unable to get it) in the last ​moments of the ​race. I sometimes ​think that he's losing his grasp onreality (= his ​ability to ​judge what is ​real and what is not).
(Definition of grasp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grasp" in American English

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graspverb

 us   /ɡræsp/
  • grasp verb (HOLD)

[I/T] to take something ​quickly, in ​yourhand, and ​hold it ​firmly: [T] I grasped his ​arm to ​keep from ​falling.
  • grasp verb (UNDERSTAND)

[T] to ​understand, esp. something ​difficult: It was hard to grasp what the ​professor was getting at.

graspnoun [U]

 us   /ɡræsp/
  • grasp noun [U] (HOLD)

power to ​achieve or ​control something: A ​fullpartnership at last ​seemed to be within her grasp.
(Definition of grasp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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