verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
Origin of grapple
Synonyms for grapple
Related Words for grapplecontend, confront, cope, catch, encounter, scuffle, nail, hook, battle, close, nab, tussle, clash, fight, attack, take, grip, hug, combat, snatch
Examples from the Web for grapple
Contemporary Examples of grapple
The White House, however, does not grapple with the essentiality of good ground forces now.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
October 18, 2014
In Ferguson and many towns like it, majority African-American communities most grapple with mostly white county governments.Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict
August 18, 2014
I believe that there are evil acts, and I grapple with the idea of whether you can call people evil.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil
July 26, 2014
For the fourth year running, the ICA has had to grapple with the complexities of coordinating a group show.These Young Artists Want You to Feel Something
November 29, 2013
Instead it was to force him, and us, to grapple with the bigger question at the heart of the series.'Breaking Bad's' Series Finale Cements Its Status As One of the All-Time Greats
September 30, 2013
Historical Examples of grapple
What courage was requisite to grapple with this giant difficulty!
He was much smaller than the other, but he knew that he was far and away stronger after that grapple.Way of the Lawless
To-night we grapple for the heavy cable, eight tons to the mile.Heroes of the Telegraph
There must be a power which can go behind these and grapple with causes.The Railroad Question
Something that he could not repel since it had no substance he could grapple with.The Sea-Hawk
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold
Word Origin for grapple
late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1520s, "seize and hold fast," from the noun. Sense of "battle, struggle (with)" is from 1590s. Related: Grappled; grappling.