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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).
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gripverb

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.

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gripnoun

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.

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(Definition of grip from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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