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Definition 1: the act of grasping - [noun denoting act]

Samples where grasp or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he released his clasp on my arm
  • he has a strong grip for an old man
  • she kept a firm hold on the railing

Synonyms for grasp in the sense of this definition

(grasp is a kind of ...) the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)

(... is a kind of grasp ) a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind

"he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"

(... is a kind of grasp ) the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

(... is a kind of grasp ) a hold used in the sport of wrestling

Definition 2: an intellectual hold or understanding - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where grasp or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a good grip on French history
  • they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities
  • he was in the grip of a powerful emotion
  • a terrible power had her in its grasp

Synonyms for grasp in the sense of this definition

(grasp is a kind of ...) a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

"used her parents' influence to get the job"

(... is a kind of grasp ) something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and hold

"caught in the tentacles of organized crime"

Definition 3: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where grasp or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has a good grasp of accounting practices

Synonyms for grasp in the sense of this definition

(grasp is a kind of ...) the cognitive condition of someone who understands

"he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

(... is a kind of grasp ) a natural appreciation or ability

"a keen musical sense" "a good sense of timing"

Definition 4: the limit of capability - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where grasp or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • within the compass of education

Synonyms for grasp in the sense of this definition

(grasp is a kind of ...) an aptitude that may be developed

(... is a kind of grasp ) the range of vision

"out of sight of land"

Definition 5: get the meaning of something - [verb of cognition]

Samples where grasp or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?

Synonyms for grasp in the sense of this definition

(grasp is a kind of ...) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

(... is a kind of grasp ) understand

"He didn't figure her"

(... is a kind of grasp ) understand, usually after some initial difficulty

"She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"

(... is a kind of grasp ) know or grasp by intuition or feeling

(... is a kind of grasp ) arrange and integrate in the mind

"I cannot digest all this information"

Definition 6: hold firmly - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for grasp in the sense of this definition

(grasp is a kind of ...) have or hold in one's hands or grip

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please" "A crazy idea took hold of him"

(... is a kind of grasp ) take hold of or attach to

"The biochip latches onto the genes"

(... is a kind of grasp ) hold on tightly or tenaciously

"hang on to your father's hands" "The child clung to his mother's apron"

(... is a kind of grasp ) hold firmly and tightly

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