Definitions for GRASPgræsp, grɑsp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

graspgræsp, grɑsp(v.t.)

  1. to seize and hold by or as if by clasping with the fingers or arms.

  2. to seize upon; hold firmly.

  3. to comprehend; understand:

    I don't grasp your meaning.

  4. (v.i.)to make a motion of seizing:

    grasped for the gun.

  5. (n.)the act of grasping.

  6. a hold or grip:

    a firm grasp on a rope.

  7. Ref: embrace. 1 9

  8. reach; attainment:

    to have a thing within one's grasp.

  9. hold; possession; control.

  10. power to understand.

  11. thorough comprehension:

    a good grasp of computer programming.

Origin of grasp:

1350–1400; ME graspen, grapsen; c. LG grapsen; akin to OE gegræppian to seize (see grapple )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. appreciation, grasp, hold(noun)

    understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

    "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

  2. compass, range, reach, grasp(noun)

    the limit of capability

    "within the compass of education"

  3. grip, grasp(noun)

    an intellectual hold or understanding

    "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"

  4. clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold(verb)

    the act of grasping

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

  5. grasp, hold on(verb)

    hold firmly

  6. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend(verb)

    get the meaning of something

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. grasp(noun)æsp, grɑsp


    She has a good grasp of both French and Swedish.

  2. graspæsp, grɑsp

    the action of holding tightly

    The rope slipped from his grasp.

  3. graspæsp, grɑsp

    able/not able to be achieved or obtained by sb

    Financial independence was finally within her grasp.

  4. grasp(verb)æsp, grɑsp

    to take hold of tightly

    She grasped the railing for support.

  5. graspæsp, grɑsp

    to understand

    She just doesn't seem to be able to grasp the idea.

  6. graspæsp, grɑsp

    to take an opportunity

    Political leaders must grasp the chance to make a peace deal.


  1. grasp(Noun)


  2. grasp(Noun)


  3. grasp(Noun)

    that which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability

    The goal is within my grasp.

  4. grasp(Verb)

    To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.

  5. grasp(Verb)

    To understand.

  6. Origin: Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grasp(verb)

    to seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of

  2. Grasp(verb)

    to lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend

  3. Grasp(verb)

    to effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive

  4. Grasp(noun)

    a gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms

  5. Grasp(noun)

    reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp

  6. Grasp(noun)

    forcible possession; hold

  7. Grasp(noun)

    wide-reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey

  8. Grasp(noun)

    the handle of a sword or of an oar


  1. GRASP

    GRASP is a well known SAT instance solver. It was developed by João Marques Silva, a Portuguese computer science researcher. It stands for Generic seaRch Algorithm for the Satisfiability Problem.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GRASP' in Verbs Frequency: #803

Translations for GRASP

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a grip with one's hand etc

Have you got a good grasp on that rope?

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