see also: GRASP
  • (British) IPA: /ɡɹɑːsp/
  • (America) IPA: /ɡɹæsp/

grasp (grasps, present participle grasping; 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.
  3. To take advantage of something, to seize, to jump at a chance.
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grasp (plural grasps)

  1. (sometimes, figurative) Grip.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
      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.
  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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Proper noun
  1. (software, object-oriented design) Acronym of General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns

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