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grasp

noun (HOLD)    /ɡrɑːsp/ US  /ɡræsp/
C2 [S] the act of holding onto someone or something: He shook my hand with a very firm grasp.Having in your hands 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).Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
(Definition of grasp noun (HOLD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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