verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
Origin of grapple
Related formsgrap·pler, nounin·ter·grap·ple, verb, in·ter·grap·pled, in·ter·grap·pling.un·grap·pled, adjective
Examples from the Web for grappled
Moses lost her job, and then her home, as she grappled with pain and illness after her spinal surgery.
With Lindsay Lohan, we were watching the horror show of self-sabotage, and grappled with our role in feeding into it.Amanda Bynes Has a ‘Microchip’ in Her Brain. Why Are We Fascinated By This?|Kevin Fallon|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three years ago, as Texas grappled with its driest year on record, Governor Rick Perry declared a weekend of prayer for rain.
Instead, Obama sometimes seemed to forget the word altogether as he grappled with the forces of nope.Ted Kennedy, Bin Laden & Gay Marriage: How Obama Got His Audacity Back|Michael Daly|May 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As easily as they could have played the scene for tears, they grappled for a better way, before Dunst had a revelation.
He received the blow on his arm, grappled with the assassin, and throwing him on the ground despatched him with his own dagger.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
I was tormented with extreme thirst, and grappled at the water-jug which stood near me.The Devil's Elixir|E. T. A. Hoffmann
He made, it would seem, few new friends, though he grappled his old ones as 'with hooks of steel.'Hours in a Library|Leslie Stephen
It was that of the man whom he had grappled, and who had been struck down with the knife that he had expected to strike himself.A Mating in the Wilds|Ottwell Binns
Time enough to go overboard when we have grappled the enemy.The Boy who sailed with Blake|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for grappled
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold