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verb (used with object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.
verb (used without object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.
- to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
- to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.
Origin of grip
Related formsgrip·less, adjectivere·grip, verb, re·gripped or re·gript, re·grip·ping.un·grip, verb, un·gripped, un·grip·ping.
Examples from the Web for gripped
Perhaps the worst fallout from all this is that when we are gripped by fear, we usually make terrible decisions.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!|Gene Robinson|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one should be given a lethal prescription of drugs when they are gripped by mental illness or in a temporary depression.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die|Gene Robinson|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hollywood is gripped by an obsession so all-consuming that no blockbuster is safe from its brooding influence.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot|Andrew Romano|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Throughout the season premiere, Saul is gripped by indecision—with his wife, with the operation in Caracas.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’|Andrew Romano|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
With Congress gripped by gridlock, Obama hinted that, where possible, the executive branch would act on his own.
She gripped the bannister while her panic-stricken eyes sought Hughie in the crowded office.The Fighting Shepherdess |Caroline Lockhart
He has gripped his master's shoulders to make him release his hold upon the girl's arm.Franz Hals|Edgcumbe Staley
They looked at each other through staring eyes—eyes that reflected the inward fear that gripped their hearts.Janet Hardy in Radio City|Ruthe S. Wheeler
Here stood Asmund, who gripped him by both hands, and kissed him on the brow, bidding him good luck.Eric Brighteyes|H. Rider Haggard
He had been a brave man, dauntless and intrepid, but cold, paralyzing fear now gripped him by the heart.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer|Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for gripped (1 of 2)
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
verb grips, gripping or gripped
Derived Formsgripper, noungrippingly, adverb
Word Origin for grip
British Dictionary definitions for gripped (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with gripped
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.