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Definition of grasp noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a firm hold of someone or something or control over someone or something synonym grip I grabbed him, but he slipped from my grasp. She felt a firm grasp on her arm. Don't let the situation escape from your grasp. As soon as he relaxed his grasp on the rope, it was pulled out of his hands. As the drugs took hold, her grasp of reality slowly began to slip away.
  2. 2a person's understanding of a subject or of difficult facts He has a good grasp ofGerman grammar. These complex formulae are beyond the grasp of the average student.
  3. 3the ability to get or achieve something Success was within her grasp.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grasp