grasp

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of Old English græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

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grasp (third-person singular simple present grasps, present participle grasping, simple past and past participle grasped)

  1. To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
  2. ​To understand.
    I have never been able to grasp the concept of infinity.

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Noun[edit]

grasp (plural grasps)

  1. grip
  2. understanding
  3. that which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability
    The goal is within my grasp.

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