1 holding sth
ADJ. firm, strong She felt a firm grasp on her hand.
VERB + GRASP slip from As she jumped forward, the ball slipped from her grasp. | prise sth from, rip sth from, snatch sth from, wrench sth from, wrest sth from She wrenched the bottle from his grasp.
PREP. beyond your ~ The key was on a high shelf, just beyond her grasp. | in your ~ He kept the letter firmly in his grasp. | from sb's ~ The robber tried to free the case from her grasp. | out of sb's ~ She kicked the gun out of his grasp. | within (your) ~ (often figurative) Just when victory seemed within grasp, the referee blew his whistle.
ADJ. fine, firm, good, impressive, proper, sound | limited, poor | intellectual The task was beyond the intellectual grasp of some of the students. | intuitive We have no intuitive grasp of the immensity of time.
VERB + GRASP have | get Working with native speakers helped me get a good grasp of the language.
PREP. beyond your ~ These ideas are all beyond his grasp. | within your ~ | ~ of a poor grasp of mathematics
1 take hold of sb/sth suddenly and firmly
ADV. firmly, tightly
PREP. at Her hands were grasping at his coat. | by She grasped him tightly by the wrist.
PHRASES grasp hold of sb/sth She grasped hold of the banister to support herself.
2 understand sth
ADV. fully He had not fully grasped the fact that he was the one who would pay for all this. | not really I hadn't really grasped what they were talking about. | quickly | easily, readily a means by which students can more easily grasp the basics of science
VERB + GRASP try to | be unable to, fail to She failed to grasp the significance of these facts. | quick to He was quick to grasp the basic principles. | be difficult to, be hard to Some of these concepts are very difficult to grasp.