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grasp

 (grăsp)
v. grasped, grasp·ing, grasps
v.tr.
1. To take hold of or seize firmly with the hand, the foot, another body part, or an instrument: The elephant grasped the branch with its trunk.
2. To hold with the arms; embrace.
3. To take hold of intellectually; comprehend. See Synonyms at understand.
v.intr.
1. To make a motion of seizing, snatching, or clutching.
2. To show eager and prompt willingness or acceptance: grasps at any opportunity.
n.
1. The act of grasping.
2.
a. A firm hold or grip.
b. An embrace.
3. The ability or power to seize or attain; reach: Victory in the election was within her grasp.
4. Understanding; comprehension: "only a vague intuitive grasp of the meaning of greatness in literature" (Gilbert Highet).
Idioms:
graspat straws
To search in desperation for a solution to a difficulty.
grasp the nettle
To take on a difficult problem directly and energetically.

[Middle English graspen; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots.]

grasp

(ɡrɑːsp)
vb
1. to grip (something) firmly with or as if with the hands
2. (when: intr, often foll by at) to struggle, snatch, or grope (for)
3. (tr) to understand, esp with effort
n
4. the act of grasping
5. a grip or clasp, as of a hand
6. the capacity to accomplish (esp in the phrase within one's grasp)
7. total rule or possession
8. understanding; comprehension
[C14: from Low German grapsen; related to Old English græppian to seize, Old Norse grāpa to steal]
ˈgraspable adj
ˈgrasper n

grasp

(græsp, 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.
v.i.
4. to make a motion of seizing: grasped for the gun.
n.
5. the act of grasping.
6. a hold or grip: a firm grasp on a rope.
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.
[1350–1400; Middle English graspen, grapsen; c. Low German grapsen; akin to Old English gegræppian to seize (see grapple)]

grasp


Past participle: grasped
Gerund: grasping

Imperative
grasp
grasp
Present
I grasp
you grasp
he/she/it grasps
we grasp
you grasp
they grasp
Preterite
I grasped
you grasped
he/she/it grasped
we grasped
you grasped
they grasped
Present Continuous
I am grasping
you are grasping
he/she/it is grasping
we are grasping
you are grasping
they are grasping
Present Perfect
I have grasped
you have grasped
he/she/it has grasped
we have grasped
you have grasped
they have grasped
Past Continuous
I was grasping
you were grasping
he/she/it was grasping
we were grasping
you were grasping
they were grasping
Past Perfect
I had grasped
you had grasped
he/she/it had grasped
we had grasped
you had grasped
they had grasped
Future
I will grasp
you will grasp
he/she/it will grasp
we will grasp
you will grasp
they will grasp
Future Perfect
I will have grasped
you will have grasped
he/she/it will have grasped
we will have grasped
you will have grasped
they will have grasped
Future Continuous
I will be grasping
you will be grasping
he/she/it will be grasping
we will be grasping
you will be grasping
they will be grasping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been grasping
you have been grasping
he/she/it has been grasping
we have been grasping
you have been grasping
they have been grasping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been grasping
you will have been grasping
he/she/it will have been grasping
we will have been grasping
you will have been grasping
they will have been grasping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been grasping
you had been grasping
he/she/it had been grasping
we had been grasping
you had been grasping
they had been grasping
Conditional
I would grasp
you would grasp
he/she/it would grasp
we would grasp
you would grasp
they would grasp
Past Conditional
I would have grasped
you would have grasped
he/she/it would have grasped
we would have grasped
you would have grasped
they would have grasped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grasp - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of somethinggrasp - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
sense - a natural appreciation or ability; "a keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing"
2.grasp - the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
capableness, potentiality, capability - an aptitude that may be developed
ken, sight - the range of vision; "out of sight of land"
3.grasp - 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"
influence - a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the job"
tentacle - something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and hold; "caught in the tentacles of organized crime"
4.grasp - the act of graspinggrasp - 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"
choke hold, chokehold - 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"
embrace, embracement, embracing - the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
prehension, taking hold, grasping, seizing - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
wrestling hold - a hold used in the sport of wrestling
Verb1.grasp - hold firmly
latch on - take hold of or attach to; "The biochip latches onto the genes"
cling, hang - hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"
clasp - hold firmly and tightly
hold, take hold - have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
2.grasp - get the meaning of somethinggrasp - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
figure - understand; "He didn't figure her"
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, twig, latch on, tumble - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
intuit - know or grasp by intuition or feeling
digest - arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot digest all this information"

grasp

verb
1. grip, hold, catch, grab, seize, snatch, clutch, clinch, clasp, lay or take hold of He grasped both my hands.
2. understand, realize, take in, get, see, follow, catch on, comprehend, get the message about, get the picture about, catch or get the drift of The Government has not yet grasped the seriousness of the crisis.
noun
1. grip, hold, possession, embrace, clutches, clasp She slipped her hand from his grasp.
2. understanding, knowledge, grip, perception, awareness, realization, mastery, ken, comprehension They have a good grasp of foreign languages.
3. reach, power, control, range, sweep, capacity, scope, sway, compass, mastery Peace is now within our grasp.

grasp

verb
1. To take firmly with the hand and maintain a hold on:
2. To perceive directly with the intellect:
Scots: ken.
3. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Chiefly British: twig.
Scots: ken.
noun
1. An act or means of holding something:
Sports: grapple.
2. Firm control:
3. A strong or powerful influence:
4. The ability or power to seize or attain:
5. Intellectual hold:
Informal: savvy.
Translations
إدراك، فَهْمقبضةقَبْضَه، مَسْكَهيَفْهَميَقْبِضُ عَلَى
uchopitchápáníchopit sepochopitporozumění
gribefattefatteevneforståforståelse
saada ote jostakin
čvrsto držati
gripgrípaskilja, grípaskilningur
しっかりつかむ
붙잡다
nusitvėrimassugniaužimassugriebti
aptvertsaprašanasatverttvēriensuztveres spēja
chápaniechopiť sa
doumetigrabitiprijemprijeti
fatta
คว้า
kavramaksıkıca tutmaanlamakanlayışkavrama
nắm chặt

grasp

[grɑːsp]
A. N
1. (= handclasp) → apretón m
to be within sb's graspestar al alcance de la mano de algn
he has a strong graspagarra muy fuerte
to lose one's grasp on sthdesasirse de algo
2. (fig) (= power) → garras fpl, control m; (= range) → alcance m; (= understanding) → comprensión f
it's within everyone's graspestá al alcance de todos
it is beyond my graspestá fuera de mi alcance
to have a good grasp of sthdominar algo
B. VT
1. (= take hold of) → agarrar, asir; (= hold firmly) → sujetar; [+ hand] → estrechar, apretar; [+ weapon etc] → empuñar
2. (fig) [+ chance, opportunity] → aprovechar; [+ power, territory] → apoderarse de
3. (= understand) → comprender, entender
grasp at VI + PREP
1. (lit) [+ rope etc] → tratar de asir
2. (fig) [+ hope] → aferrarse a; [+ opportunity] → aprovechar

grasp

[ˈgrɑːsp]
vt
(= take hold of) → saisir, empoigner
(= understand) → saisir, comprendre
n
(= grip) → poigne f
to slip from sb's grasp (fig)échapper à qn
to have sth within one's grasp (fig)avoir qch à sa portée
to be within sb's grasp (= be attainable) → être à la portée de qn
to be beyond sb's grasp (= be unattainable) → ne pas être à la portée de qn
(= understanding) → compréhension f
to have a good grasp of sth → bien comprendre qch
(= knowledge) → connaissance f
grasp at
vt fus
[+ rope, handle] → essayer de saisir
(fig) [+ opportunity] → sauter sur

grasp

n
(= hold)Griff m; he held my arm firmly in his grasper hielt meinen Arm mit festem Griff; the knife slipped from her graspdas Messer rutschte ihr aus der Hand; just when peace/fame was within their graspgerade als Frieden/Ruhm greifbar nahe war or in greifbare Nähe gerückt war
(fig: = understanding) → Verständnis nt; to have a good grasp of somethingetw gut beherrschen; her grasp of the language/subject is not very goodsie beherrscht die Sprache/das Gebiet nicht sehr gut; it is beyond his graspdas geht über seinen Verstand; it’s within his graspdas kann er verstehen or begreifen
vt
(= catch hold of)ergreifen, greifen nach; (= hold tightly)festhalten; he grasped the bundle in his armser hielt das Bündel in den Armen; to grasp a chanceeine Gelegenheit ergreifen; to grasp somebody’s handnach jds Hand greifen
(fig: = understand) → begreifen, erfassen
vi to grasp at something (lit)nach etw greifen; (fig)sich auf etw (acc)stürzen; hopesich klammern an (+dat); to grasp at an opportunityeine Gelegenheit ergreifen or beim Schopfe packen ? also straw

grasp

[grɑːsp]
1. n (grip) → presa
to lose one's grasp on reality (fig) → perdere contatto con la realtà
to have sth within one's grasp → avere qc a portata di mano
it is within everybody's grasp (fig) → è alla portata di tutti
it is beyond my grasp → non ci arrivo
to have a good grasp of (subject) → avere una buona padronanza di
he has a good grasp of the difficulties → si rende perfettamente conto dei problemi
2. vt
a. (take hold of) → afferrare; (hold firmly) → stringere (fig) (chance, opportunity) → cogliere (al volo)
b. (understand, meaning, hint) → afferrare
grasp at vi + prep (rope) → afferrarsi a, aggrapparsi a (fig) (opportunity) → non farsi sfuggire, approfittare di

grasp

(graːsp) verb
1. to take hold of especially by putting one's fingers or arm(s) round. He grasped the rope; He grasped the opportunity to ask for a higher salary.
2. to understand. I can't grasp what he's getting at.
noun
1. a grip with one's hand etc. Have you got a good grasp on that rope?
2. the ability to understand. His ideas are quite beyond my grasp.
ˈgrasping adjective
greedy (especially for money). a grasping old man.

grasp

يَقْبِضُ عَلَى uchopit fatte festhalten γραπώνω agarrar saada ote jostakin saisir čvrsto držati afferrare しっかりつかむ 붙잡다 grijpen fatte chwycić agarrar схватить fatta คว้า kavramak nắm chặt 抓住

grasp

vt agarrar
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