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?
For a flash, I grasped the Holy Grail of my endless tap, tap, tapping on the door.
But there is another part of the Rio Grande that can only be grasped at night.
All were possible, except the cold hand which had grasped her arm.
He took two quick steps forward and grasped one of her wrists.
Mind was here, passions, but grasped by the strong hand of intellect.
Haley had grasped him by the shoulder, and in his grasp the boy's strength was nothing.
The cartoonists of the Civil War do not seem to have grasped this idea.
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.