grip Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “grip” in the English Dictionary

"grip" in British English

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uk   us   /ɡrɪp/ (-pp-)

grip verb (HOLD)

B2 [I or T] to ​hold very ​tightly: The ​baby gripped my ​finger with her ​tinyhand. Old ​tyres won't grip (= ​stay on the ​surface of the ​road) in the ​rain very well.
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grip verb (INTEREST)

C2 [T] to ​keep someone's ​attentioncompletely: This ​trial has gripped the ​wholenation. I was gripped ​throughout the ​entire two ​hours of the ​film.

grip verb (EMOTION)

C2 [T usually passive] When an ​emotion such as ​fear grips you, you ​feel it ​strongly: Then he ​turned towards me, and I was ​suddenly gripped byfear.


uk   us   /ɡrɪp/

grip noun (CONTROL)

[S] control over something or someone: Rebels have ​tightenedtheir grip on the ​city. He will do anything to keep his grip onpower.
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grip noun (HOLD)

B2 [C usually singular] a ​tighthold on something or someone: She ​tightened her grip on my ​arm. She would not ​loosen her grip on my ​arm.

grip noun (BAG)

[C] old-fashioned a ​bag for ​travelling that is ​smaller than a suitcase
(Definition of grip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grip" in American English

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gripverb [I/T]

 us   /ɡrɪp/ (present participle -pp-)
to ​hold something ​tightly, or ​stick to something: [T] The ​baby gripped my ​finger. [I] Worn ​tires don’t grip very well on ​wetroads. If an ​emotion grips you, you ​feel it ​strongly: [T] Brady was gripped by ​fear.

gripnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ɡrɪp/
a way of ​holding something, or a ​tighthold: She has a ​strong/​firm/​weak grip. He ​lost his grip on Nancy’s ​arm. fig. They were in the grip of a ​tropicalstorm (= ​sufferingitseffects).
(Definition of grip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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