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  • noun Plural form of grasp.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of grasp.


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  • The logical point that everyone but the language mavens intuitively grasps is that everyone and they are not an antecedent and a pronoun referring to the same person in the world, which would force them to agree in number.

    2009 September « Motivated Grammar

  • But he is not the only one entering the White House who has seen both sides, who intuitively grasps the heroic American narrative of work ethic and family, and how that narrative historically failed black people.

    American Girl

  • Ozma and her mother Zilla are on the move after having murdered the constable of Abal and then keeping his ghost in their grasps.

    Books in 2009, #12

  • It is certainly politically inappropriate, as the Queen herself, nothing if not a pragmatist, probably grasps.

    Michael Gove: Get on your yacht | Editorial

  • "I'm not saying I was going to kill myself, but people die from broken hearts …" He grasps at his hands, lost for words.

    The Saturday interview: Neville Lawrence

  • A father grasps his infant and won't let go, saying, "I have to protect my children."

    After the Quake, Japan Says 'Never Give Up'

  • The amount of unpayable debt world wide, even the debt that countries like Italy and Japan (who owes their own citizens) maintains is crushing all productive activities and fueling ever more stupid speculative grasps.

    Matthew Yglesias » Hegemony and Deficit

  • But I'm not convinced that DfID quite grasps the extent of the risks here.

    Value for money is not compatible with increasing aid to 'fragile states' | Madeleine Bunting

  • She understands … … at four she grasps that, and as she grows up and asks more questions, we will build that up.

    If Prayers Were Horses, Grievers Would Ride - Her Bad Mother

  • Some of the rudeness that Mr. Theroux encountered was simply the post-Soviet standard, seen from Vladivostok to Vilnius; and, as he grasps, some of the distance he felt in his interactions with Estonians was merely the product of the way that living under a dictatorship had curdled the reserve natural to the peoples of the eastern Baltic.

    Stranger In a Strange Land


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