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English noun: grasp

1. grasp (cognition) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

SamplesHe has a good grasp of accounting practices.

Synonymsappreciation, hold

Broader (hypernym)apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding

Narrower (hyponym)sense

2. grasp (cognition) the limit of capability

SamplesWithin the compass of education.

Synonymscompass, range, reach

Broader (hypernym)capability, capableness, potentiality

Narrower (hyponym)ken, sight

3. grasp (attribute) an intellectual hold or understanding

SamplesA good grip on French history.
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.


Broader (hypernym)influence

Narrower (hyponym)tentacle

4. grasp (act) the act of grasping

SamplesHe released his clasp on my arm.
He has a strong grip for an old man.
She kept a firm hold on the railing.

Synonymsclasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grip, hold

Broader (hypernym)grasping, prehension, seizing, taking hold

Narrower (hyponym)choke hold, chokehold, embrace, embracement, embracing, wrestling hold

English verb: grasp

1. grasp (contact) hold firmly

Synonymshold on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

Narrower (hyponym)clasp, cling, hang, latch on

2. grasp (cognition) get the meaning of something

SamplesDo you comprehend the meaning of this letter?.

ExamplesThey won't grasp the story , Sam and Sue grasp the movie

Synonymsapprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grok, savvy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)understand

Narrower (hyponym)catch on, cotton on, digest, figure, get it, get onto, get wise, intuit, latch on, tumble, twig

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