A boy put his hand into a jar of filberts and grasped as many as his fist could possibly hold.
Four decades ago, Richard Nixon grasped sooner than most the huge potential of China.
Have Pakistanis grasped the significance of the attack on Malala beyond sympathy for a brave child?
mid-14c., "to reach for, feel around," possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen "to grasp," Middle Dutch grapen "to seize, grasp," Old English grapian "to touch, feel, grope"), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.