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Definition of grapple verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grapple
    he / she / it grapples
    past simple grappled
    -ing form grappling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to take a firm hold of someone or something and struggle with them grapple (with somebody/something) Bystanders grappled with the man after the attack. grapple somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) They managed to grapple him to the ground.
  2. 2[intransitive] to try hard to find a solution to a problem grapple with something The new government has yet to grapple with the problem of air pollution. grapple to do something I was grappling to find an answer to his question.
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