[<< wiktionary] grasp
== English ==

=== Etymology ===
From Middle English graspen, grapsen, craspen (“to grope; feel around”), from Old English grǣpsan (“to touch, feel”), from Proto-Germanic *graipisōną. Cognate with German Low German grapsen (“to grab; grasp”), Saterland Frisian Grapse (“double handful”). Compare also Swedish krafsa (“to scatch; scabble”), Norwegian krafse (“to scramble”).

=== Pronunciation ===
(UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹɑːsp/
(US) IPA(key): /ɡɹæsp/

Rhymes: -æsp

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

To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
To understand.
I have never been able to grasp the concept of infinity.
To take advantage of something, to seize, to jump at a chance.

==== Synonyms ====
(grip): clasp, grip, hold tight; See also Thesaurus:grasp
(understand): comprehend, fathom
(take advantage): jump at the chance, jump on

==== Derived terms ====
grasp the nettle

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==== Translations ====

=== Noun ===
grasp (plural grasps)

(sometimes figuratively) Grip.

Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.

1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Chapter 13:
There is for the mind but one grasp of happiness: from that uppermost pinnacle of wisdom, whence we see that this world is well designed.
That which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability.

==== Translations ====

=== Anagrams ===
ARPGs, sprag