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Definition of Grasp


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

Grasp Quotations

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
Hugh Sidey

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Carl Sagan

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Carl Sagan
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Grasp Translations

grasp in Afrikaans is gryp
grasp in Danish is gribe
grasp in Dutch is bemachtigen, aangrijpen, grijpen
grasp in German is greife, Zugriff, Fassungsgabe, Griff
grasp in Italian is comprendere, prendere, impaccare
grasp in Latin is complectus, occupo, prehendo, contineo
grasp in Portuguese is aperto
grasp in Spanish is empu ar, agarrar, idear
grasp in Swedish is grepp, tag i, uppfatta, gripa tag i, tag, fatta
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