verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of grasp
Synonyms for grasp
Antonyms for grasp
Related Words for graspmastery, knowledge, awareness, comprehension, grip, clutch, clasp, appreciate, perceive, accept, fathom, comprehend, realize, possession, purchase, tenure, clinch, butt, grapple, embrace
Examples from the Web for grasp
Contemporary Examples of grasp
And the more she is forced to recount, the more her grasp of reality slips, or heightens, depending on your point of view.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
The grasp on the sabre would tighten; the quiet eyes would flash.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Just a few months ago my 3-year-old son, mid-tantrum, broke my grasp to run from me in a crowded subway station.Why Adrian Peterson Changed My Mind on Spanking
September 17, 2014
But opting for immediate gratification and having the universe influence our agenda keep long-term goals outside our grasp.Willpower: Our Greatest Strength?
September 11, 2014
Instead, he wanted viewers to grasp that “this spring from which Mother Courage drank death was a polluted one.”Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
Historical Examples of grasp
His grasp did not bruise, it did not seem to be tight; but the hand that held it was immovable.
His grasp of details delighted Uncle Peter and surprised Coplen.
Haley had grasped him by the shoulder, and in his grasp the boy's strength was nothing.Brave and Bold
No one will deny that the Buddhist, the Mahometan, the Confucianist, have their grasp of truth.The Conquest of Fear
How will he despise what he can grasp, for the sake of the dim glory that eludes him!Other Tales and Sketches
Word Origin for grasp
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grasp
- grasp at straws
- get a fix on (grasp of)