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Definition of grasp:

  1. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.
  2. Forcible possession; hold.
  3. Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.
  4. The handle of a sword or of an oar.
  5. To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive.
  6. To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.
  7. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.
  8. Wide- reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey.


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