A boy put his hand into a jar of filberts and grasped as many as his fist could possibly hold.
Four decades ago, Richard Nixon grasped sooner than most the huge potential of China.
For a flash, I grasped the Holy Grail of my endless tap, tap, tapping on the door.
Have Pakistanis grasped the significance of the attack on Malala beyond sympathy for a brave child?
His voice broke, but he grasped my hand, saying, “Courage, Alec.”
All were possible, except the cold hand which had grasped her arm.
Then he grasped young Robins by the arm and rushed with him from the hall.
Mind was here, passions, but grasped by the strong hand of intellect.
My voice had some effect upon her, for she grasped the stick to which she was clinging.
The cartoonists of the Civil War do not seem to have grasped this idea.
mid-14c., "to reach for, feel around," possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen "to grasp," Middle Dutch grapen "to seize, grasp," Old English grapian "to touch, feel, grope"), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.