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grapple

grap·ple

grapple

 
 
pronunciation:
grae pl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a metal hook with several claws used to drag objects closer or secure them; grapnel.
synonyms:
grapnel
similar words:
anchor, hook
definition 2: a seizing, gripping, or wrestling action.
synonyms:
clinch, grasp, grip, hold
similar words:
grab, grope, snatch, squeeze
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: grappled, grapples, grappling
definition: to grasp, seize, or secure with or as if with a grapple.
synonyms:
hook
similar words:
catch, drag, grab, grip, haul, pull, seize, snatch, tug
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to grasp, twist, or wrestle in close combat.
The policeman and the robber grappled for the fallen pistol.
synonyms:
strive, wrestle
similar words:
battle, clinch, contend, struggle
definition 2: to struggle to master a difficult object, problem, or opponent (often fol. by with).
She grappled with the tangled mass of wires.The government is grappling with inflation.
synonyms:
battle, contend, strive, struggle, wrestle
similar words:
face up to
definition 3: to use a grapple.
similar words:
catch, grip, haul, pull, seize on, tug
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derivation: grappler (n.)