Definition of "grasp" [grasp]

  • To take hold of or seize firmly with or as if with the hand. (verb-transitive)
  • To clasp firmly with or as if with the hand. (verb-transitive)
  • To take hold of intellectually; comprehend. See Synonyms at apprehend. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a motion of seizing, snatching, or clutching. (verb-intransitive)
  • To show eager and prompt willingness or acceptance: grasps at any opportunity. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "grasp" in a sentence
  • "Within our grasp is the possibility of making Canada a living lab for the future."
  • "What you and others fail to grasp is the cost of recording the song should be included in the marginal cost."
  • "What they fail to grasp is at least PRESIDENT Obama put forth policies that were able to stop the bleeding (unlike his predecessor)."