American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take hold of or seize firmly with or as if with the hand.
- v. To clasp firmly with or as if with the hand.
- v. To take hold of intellectually; comprehend. See Synonyms at apprehend.
- v. To make a motion of seizing, snatching, or clutching.
- v. To show eager and prompt willingness or acceptance: grasps at any opportunity.
- n. The act of grasping.
- n. A firm hold or grip.
- n. An embrace.
- n. The ability or power to seize or attain; reach: Victory in the election was within her grasp.
- n. Understanding; comprehension: "only a vague intuitive grasp of the meaning of greatness in literature” ( Gilbert Highet).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms.
- To seize upon; take possession of.
- To seize by the intellect; become thoroughly cognizant of; comprehend.
- To make a grasp, or the motion of grasping; seize something firmly or eagerly.
- n. A grip or seizure by the hand; the act of taking or attempting to take hold of something.
- n. Power of seizing and holding; forcible possession.
- n. Power of the intellect to seize and comprehend subjects; wide-reaching power of comprehension.
- v. To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
- v. To understand.
- n. grip
- n. understanding
- n. that which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.
- v. To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.
- v. To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive.
- n. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.
- n. Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding.
- n. Forcible possession; hold.
- n. Wide-reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey.
- n. The handle of a sword or of an oar.
- v. hold firmly
- v. get the meaning of something
- n. the act of grasping
- n. an intellectual hold or understanding
- n. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
- n. the limit of capability
- Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of Old English græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English graspen; see ghrebh-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Within our grasp is the possibility of making Canada a living lab for the future.”
“What you and others fail to grasp is the cost of recording the song should be included in the marginal cost.”
“What they fail to grasp is at least PRESIDENT Obama put forth policies that were able to stop the bleeding (unlike his predecessor).”
“What the general public (or the papers, or whoever) seem unable to grasp is that there will always be cases where the system fails for whatever reason.”
“What few people seem to grasp is that the basic local information available to the police years ago has all gone especially in urban or urbanised country areas.”
“But now, when I appeared almost within grasp of my foe, my hopes were suddenly extinguished, and I lost all traces of him more utterly than I had ever done before.”
“What so very few seem to grasp is this very basic concept:”
“The reality you guys are failing to grasp is that it's not th eliberal Dems who are in precarious positions with their re-elections right now ... it's the Blue Dogs ... and that's what's driving their opposition.”
“However, with gel and fountain pens such a tight grasp is rarely necessary.”
“Another issue, which I think the mainstream economists just don't seem to grasp, is the extent to which if it's unemployment you're worried about, then it's small business and startups that you need to encourage.”
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