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"grasp" in British English

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graspverb [T]

uk   /ɡrɑːsp/  us   /ɡræsp/

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 looked possible that she might become president). Why is success always beyond my grasp (= impossible to get)? The gold medal 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 on reality (= 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 your hand, 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 full partnership at last seemed to be within her grasp.
(Definition of grasp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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