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    grasp, grip, clasp

    Could you tell me the difference among them?

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    Re: grasp, grip, clasp

    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    Could you tell me the difference among them?
    As verbs, all three of them are synonyms and very similar in meaning. All have to do with holding something tightly in one's hand.

    In addition, "grasp" has a mtaphorical use. It can mean "understand" or "comprehend" as though one was grasping something with one's brain instead of one's hand.

    "Clasp" can also mean "to hug or embrace" someone, or to fasten something with a clasp.

    "Grip" can also mean "to hold someone's attention". It is also metaphorical, as if something is holding one's attention in a hand.

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    As nouns, they are different. A tyre has 'grip'; the ability to hold the road. Bracelets have 'clasps'; mechanisms to close them. Tennis racquets have 'grips'; the parts you hold.

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