grasp noun

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.

2 understanding

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