Meaning of “grip” in the English Dictionary

"grip" in British English

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uk /ɡrɪp/ us /ɡrɪp/ -pp-

grip verb (HOLD)

B2 [ I or T ] to hold very tightly:

The baby gripped my finger with her tiny hand.
Old tyres won't grip (= stay on the surface of the road) in the rain very well.

More examples

  • Grip the top firmly and then twist it anti-clockwise.
  • I was terrified when he suddenly gripped my throat in his hands.
  • These two pieces of metal grip the wood, so you can saw through it.
  • His hands were all greasy and he couldn't grip the wheel properly.
  • Gripping the sides of the ladder tightly, she nervously climbed one step higher.


uk /ɡrɪp/ us /ɡrɪp/

grip noun (CONTROL)

[ S ] control over something or someone:

Rebels have tightened their grip on the city.
He will do anything to keep his grip on power.

More examples

  • The Mafia has relaxed its grip on local businesses.
  • No one seems to have a firm grip on the company at the moment.
  • The demonstrations suggest that the president's grip on the country is loosening.
  • The army has tightened its grip on the region.
  • For several years the area has been in the grip of the rebel warlords.

(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 wet roads.

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 tight hold:

She has a strong/firm/weak grip.
He lost his grip on Nancy’s arm.
fig. They were in the grip of a tropical storm (= suffering its effects).

(Definition of “grip” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)