verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
- grappier cement,
- grapple ground,
- grapple plant,
- grapple shot,
Origin of grapple
Examples from the Web for grapple
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|William O’Connor|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the fourth year running, the ICA has had to grapple with the complexities of coordinating a group show.
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|Andrew Romano|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If “sentimental” is banned, then critics will forced to grapple with the emotion and explain themselves.
Any public health crusade which fails to grapple with this central fact is doomed to fail.How Public Health Experts Turned Corporations into Public Enemy #1|Megan McArdle|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The work is a serious attempt to grapple with these great questions, and is as important on its ethical as on its artistic side.An Introduction to the Study of Browning|Arthur Symons
The Dialogue allows these and related distinctions to emerge, even though it does not grapple with their implications.A Dialogue upon the Gardens|William Gilpin
Strangers who have a large common ground of reading will, for this reason, come the sooner to the grapple of genuine converse.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9|Robert Louis Stevenson
Whether a prisoner could scale the walls with a cord and grapple, how he would descend upon the other side?Little Dorrit|Charles Dickens
Something was wrong, everything was wrong, fate was against him, he could not grapple with the situation.Pee-wee Harris on the Trail|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
- 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.