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1grasp/ˈgræsp/
British/ˈgrɑːsp/verb
graspsgraspedgrasping
1grasp
/ˈgræsp/British/ˈgrɑːsp/
verb
graspsgraspedgrasping
Learner's definition of GRASP  
[+ object]
: to take and hold (something) with your fingers, hands, etc. — often used figuratively
: to understand (something that is complicated or difficult)

grasp at

[phrasal verb]
grasp at (something) 
: to try to take or get (something) in an eager or desperate way

grasp at straws

— see straw

grasp for

[phrasal verb]
grasp for (something) 
: to try in a desperate or awkward way to get (something)

grasp the nettle

— see 2nettle

— graspable

/ˈgræspəbəɫ/British/ˈgrɑːspəbəl/adjective
2grasp/ˈgræsp/
British/ˈgrɑːsp/noun
2grasp
/ˈgræsp/British/ˈgrɑːsp/
noun
Learner's definition of GRASP  
[singular]
: a usually strong hold
: an understanding of something
: the distance that can be reached by your arms and hands : reach
   b  : the ability to get or find something
: power or control
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