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English noun: grapple

1. grapple (artifact) a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope

Synonymsgrapnel, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron

Broader (hypernym)tool

Narrower (hyponym)crampon, crampoon

Part holonymclaw, hook

2. grapple (artifact) a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam


Broader (hypernym)dredging bucket

3. grapple (act) the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

SamplesThey had a fierce wrestle.
We watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully.

Synonymsgrappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestle, wrestling

Broader (hypernym)struggle

English verb: grapple

1. grapple (social) come to terms with

SamplesWe got by on just a gallon of gas.
They made do on half a loaf of bread every day.

Synonymscontend, cope, deal, get by, make do, make out, manage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)cope with, cut, extemporize, fend, hack, improvise, match, meet, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by

2. grapple (contact) to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

SamplesThe two men grappled with each other for several minutes.


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

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

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