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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.


Synonymsgrip


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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