Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
  2. (noun, cognition) the limit of capability
  3. (noun, attribute) an intellectual hold or understanding
    they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities
    he was in the grip of a powerful emotion
    a terrible power had her in its grasp
  4. (noun, act) the act of grasping
    he has a strong grip for an old man
    she kept a firm hold on the railing
  5. (verb, contact) hold firmly
  6. (verb, cognition) get the meaning of something

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Grasp

  1. 1382, possibly metathesis of O.E. *gr?psan "to touch, feel," from P.Gmc. *graipison (cf. E.Fris. grapsen "to grasp"), from root *graip (see grope). Originally "to reach for, feel around;" sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Grasp

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