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grap·ple

 (grăp′əl)
n.
1.
a. An iron shaft with claws at one end, usually thrown by a rope and used for grasping and holding, especially one for drawing and holding an enemy ship alongside. Also called grapnel, grappling, grappling hook, grappling iron.
b. See grapnel.
2. Any of various grasping devices having hinged tines or jaws that close around an object or load, used especially in lifting or dragging heavy items.
3. The act of grappling.
4.
a. A struggle or contest in which the participants attempt to wrestle with each other by clutching or gripping.
b. A struggle for superiority or dominance.
v. grap·pled, grap·pling, grap·ples
v.tr.
1. To seize and hold with a grapple: grappled the prow of the ship.
2. To seize firmly with the hands: "Jules ... grappled the backpack chained over the back of Izzy's bike and began scrabbling through it" (Bella Bathurst).
v.intr.
1. To hold onto something with a grapple: "The 150-odd ships closed and grappled, initiating the most important naval battle of the Hundred Years' War" (Clifford J. Rogers).
2. To use a grapple or similar device, as for dragging.
3.
a. To wrestle with an opponent by clutching or gripping.
b. To struggle or work hard to deal with something: grappled with their consciences; grapple with the political realities of our time.

[Middle English grapel, from Old French grapil, diminutive of grape, hook; see grape.]

grap′pler n.

grapple

(ˈɡræpəl)
vb
1. to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat
2. (foll by: with) to cope or contend: to grapple with a financial problem.
3. (Tools) (tr) to secure with a grapple
n
4. (Tools) any form of hook or metal instrument by which something is secured, such as a grapnel
5.
a. the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
b. a grip or hold
6. a contest of grappling, esp a wrestling match
[C16: from Old French grappelle a little hook, from grape hook; see grapnel]
ˈgrappler n

grap•ple

(ˈgræp əl)

v. -pled, -pling,
n. v.i.
1. to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.
2. to engage in a struggle or close encounter: wrestlers grappling.
3. to try to overcome or deal: to grapple with a problem.
v.t.
4. to seize or hold with or as if with a grapple.
n.
6. a seizing or gripping.
7. a grip or close hold.
8. a hand-to-hand fight.
[1520–30; appar. a frequentative of Old English gegrǣppian to seize; associated with grapnel]
grap′pler, n.

grapple


Past participle: grappled
Gerund: grappling

Imperative
grapple
grapple
Present
I grapple
you grapple
he/she/it grapples
we grapple
you grapple
they grapple
Preterite
I grappled
you grappled
he/she/it grappled
we grappled
you grappled
they grappled
Present Continuous
I am grappling
you are grappling
he/she/it is grappling
we are grappling
you are grappling
they are grappling
Present Perfect
I have grappled
you have grappled
he/she/it has grappled
we have grappled
you have grappled
they have grappled
Past Continuous
I was grappling
you were grappling
he/she/it was grappling
we were grappling
you were grappling
they were grappling
Past Perfect
I had grappled
you had grappled
he/she/it had grappled
we had grappled
you had grappled
they had grappled
Future
I will grapple
you will grapple
he/she/it will grapple
we will grapple
you will grapple
they will grapple
Future Perfect
I will have grappled
you will have grappled
he/she/it will have grappled
we will have grappled
you will have grappled
they will have grappled
Future Continuous
I will be grappling
you will be grappling
he/she/it will be grappling
we will be grappling
you will be grappling
they will be grappling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been grappling
you have been grappling
he/she/it has been grappling
we have been grappling
you have been grappling
they have been grappling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been grappling
you will have been grappling
he/she/it will have been grappling
we will have been grappling
you will have been grappling
they will have been grappling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been grappling
you had been grappling
he/she/it had been grappling
we had been grappling
you had been grappling
they had been grappling
Conditional
I would grapple
you would grapple
he/she/it would grapple
we would grapple
you would grapple
they would grapple
Past Conditional
I would have grappled
you would have grappled
he/she/it would have grappled
we would have grappled
you would have grappled
they would have grappled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grapple - a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holdinggrapple - a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
crampon, crampoon - a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
claw, hook - a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
tool - an implement used in the practice of a vocation
2.grapple - a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
dredging bucket - a bucket for lifting material from a channel or riverbed
3.grapple - the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combatgrapple - the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
struggle - strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
Verb1.grapple - come to terms with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
extemporize, improvise - manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand; "after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"
fend - try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"
hack, cut - be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office"
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by - manage one's existence barely; "I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"
cope with, match, meet - satisfy or fulfill; "meet a need"; "this job doesn't match my dreams"
2.grapple - to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
clutch, prehend, seize - take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

grapple

verb
1. deal, tackle, cope, face, fight, battle, struggle, take on, engage, encounter, confront, combat, contend, wrestle, tussle, get to grips, do battle, address yourself to The economy is just one of the problems that the country is grappling with.
2. struggle, fight, combat, wrestle, battle, clash, contend, strive, tussle, scuffle, come to grips He grappled desperately with Holmes for control of the weapon.

grapple

noun
Sports. An act or means of holding something:
verb
1. To take firmly with the hand and maintain a hold on:
2. To contend with an opponent at close quarters, as by attempting to throw him or her:
Idiom: go to the mat with.
Translations
يَتَصارَع مع، يَتَعامَليَشْتَبِك مَع ، يَمسك ويُقاتِل
zabývat sezápasit s
kæmpeslåstumle
dulakodik
glíma/kljást viîkljást viî
susigrumtisusikibti
cīnītiessaķerties
pochytiť sa
boğuşmaktutuşmakuğraşmak

grapple

[ˈgræpl]
A. VI [wrestlers etc] → luchar cuerpo a cuerpo (with con) to grapple with a problem (fig) → confrontar un problema
B. VTasir, agarrar (Naut) → aferrar

grapple

[ˈgræpəl] vi
to grapple with sth [+ problem] → être aux prises avec qch
(= struggle) to grapple with sb → lutter avec qngrappling iron ngrappin m

grapple

vi (lit)ringen, kämpfen; to grapple with a problem/situationsich mit einem Problem/einer Situation herumschlagen; the wrestlers grappled with each otherdie Ringer hielten sich in enger Umklammerung
vtfesthaken; enemy boatdie Enterhaken verwenden bei; the boats were grappled togetherdie Boote waren durch Haken verbunden

grapple

[ˈgræpl] vi (wrestlers) to grapple (with)essere alle prese (con), lottare (con)
to grapple with a problem (fig) → essere alle prese con un problema

grapple

(ˈgrӕpl) verb
(with with).
1. to grasp and fight with. He grappled with the thief.
2. to (try to) deal with (a problem etc). He enjoys grappling with riddles.
References in classic literature ?
He was evidently trying to grapple with the present scene, and bring it home to his mind with a more satisfactory distinctness.
Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee.
What did he know about sin and suffering--with his smooth, black coat and his neatly starched collar, his body warm, and his belly full, and money in his pocket--and lecturing men who were struggling for their lives, men at the death grapple with the demon powers of hunger and cold
Miss Dearborn gave her every sort of subject that she had ever been given herself: Cloud Pictures; Abraham Lincoln; Nature; Philanthropy; Slavery; Intemperance; Joy and Duty; Solitude; but with none of them did Rebecca seem to grapple satisfactorily.
One of our miseries is that we can't find a gentleman who will grapple with the hideous difficulties of Falkland.
But after them came other companies, and it was well for those in this fight who were last to grapple with the foe.
By the eternal dungeon, could I but grapple with these horrors that hover round me, as I have done with mortal dangers, heaven or hell should never say that I shrunk from the conflict
I seen him grapple four and knock their heads together--him unarmed.
Davis was set to grapple with the Herculean labor of putting a complete underground system in the wire-bound city of New York.
It was a mystery all insoluble; nor could I grapple with the shadowy fancies that crowded upon me as I pondered.
Year by year the Soldiers and Artisans began more vehemently to assert -- and with increasing truth -- that there was no great difference between them and the very highest class of Polygons, now that they were raised to an equality with the latter, and enabled to grapple with all the difficulties and solve all the problems of life, whether Statical or Kinetical, by the simple process of Colour Recognition.
He went away on the word, leaving me with a new mystery to think of, a new puzzle to grapple with.