- A tight hold; a firm grasp: a drowning swimmer now safely in the grip of a lifeguard. (noun)
- The pressure or strength of such a grasp: a wrestler with an unmatched grip. (noun)
- A manner of grasping and holding: The crate afforded no comfortable grip. (noun)
- Intellectual hold; understanding: a good grip on French history. (noun)
- Ability to function properly or well; competence: getting a grip on the new technique. (noun)
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