Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

grasp

grasp
Meaning(s)
1) hold or grip tightly
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • grasp the bar/concept/opportunity
  • Analysis
    To grasp mean to literally hold tightly or 'to grip'. Figuratively it means to comprehend or understand something, you can grasp a concept meaning you understand it, or grasp an opportunity meaning you avail of it. This is a formal expression used more in professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. He was terrified of the rollercoaster, so he grasped the bar and held on tight.
    2. I never really grasped the basics of cooking so I decided to enrol in a class so I could learn. 
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. She quickly developed a good grasp of the concepts required to do the job.
    2. You have to grasp every opportunity with both hands, and just go for it!
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