I. verb Etymology: Middle English graspen Date: 14th century intransitive verb to make the motion of seizing ; clutch transitive verb 1. to take or seize eagerly 2. to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms 3. to lay hold of with the mind ; comprehend Synonyms: see takegraspable adjectivegrasper noun II. noun Date: 1561 1. a. handle b. embrace 2. hold, control 3. a. the reach of the arms b. the power of seizing and holding or attaining <
success lay within their grasp
4. mental hold or comprehension especially when broad <
a remarkable grasp of the subject

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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