verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
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Origin of grapple
OTHER WORDS FROM grapplegrappler, nounin·ter·grap·ple, verb, in·ter·grap·pled, in·ter·grap·pling.un·grap·pled, adjective
Words nearby grapple
How to use grapple in a sentence
In hindsight, like many who suffer from eating disorders, it was a misguided and desperate grapple for control at a time when the great themes of my life were in chaos.How Nature Helped Me Recover from an Eating Disorder|Kate Siber|March 25, 2021|Outside Online
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|DAILY BEAST
In Ferguson and many towns like it, majority African-American communities most grapple with mostly white county governments.
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
The slice of society he depicts is narrow, but its denizens grapple with the universal basics: family, mortality, love, ambition.
For the fourth year running, the ICA has had to grapple with the complexities of coordinating a group show.
We are of course in a peculiarly difficult position to grapple with this problem through lack of contemporary evidence.The Religion of Ancient Rome|Cyril Bailey
At the moment he felt as if he could grapple the brute in bare hands and come off victor; and if otherwise—what matter?God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
A year before, their third cable had broken in mid-ocean, and it was now proposed to "grapple" for it.
We hope it will go on and agreeably grapple with the people in its own district whatever may become of the Jews.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
Gilliatt was sufficiently familiar with marine rocks to grapple in earnest with the Douvres.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for grapple
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold