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"Grab" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "agarrar", and "grip" is a noun which is often translated as "el agarre". Learn more about the difference between "grab" and "grip" below.
grab(
grahb
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to seize)
a. agarrar
Grab the handlebars and don't let go.Agarra el manillar y no lo sueltes.
b. coger
He grabbed my arm and twisted it behind my back.Me cogió el brazo y me lo torció detrás de la espalda.
2. (to jump on)
a. aprovechar
If I were in your shoes, I'd grab the opportunity to study abroad.En tu lugar, yo aprovecharía la oportunidad de estudiar en el extranjero.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to get quickly)
a. coger
Can you grab the keys on your way out?¿Puedes coger las llaves al salir?
4. (to attract)
a. atraer
The idea didn't really grab me.La idea no me atrajo mucho.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to try to seize)
a. tratar de agarrar
I grabbed at the glass as it fell.Traté de agarrar el vaso en el aire.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (mechanics)
a. la pala
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He lowered the grab onto the deck of the ship.Bajó la pala hasta la cubierta del barco.
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grip(
grihp
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (adherence)
a. el agarre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A good tire is expected to provide grip and traction.Se espera que una buena llanta brinde agarre y tracción.
2. (grasp)
a. la sujeción
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You have to tighten the reins as much as possible to get a good grip.Hay que tensar las riendas lo más posible para tener una buena sujeción.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He has a strong grip on the bat.Agarra el bate con fuerza.
He lost his grip on the railing and fell.Se le escapó el barandal y se cayó.
3. (firm hold over)
a. el control
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The dictator kept a firm grip on everything.El dictador mantenía un control firme sobre todo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He lost his grip on reality when his father was killed.Perdió contacto con la realidad cuando su papá fue asesinado.
I understand what it feels like to be cheated on, but please do get a grip on yourself!Entiendo cómo se siente ser engañada, pero por favor ¡contrólate un poco!
4. (handle)
a. la empuñadura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A stranger walked in and my hand drifted back to the pistol's grip.Entró un desconocido, y deslicé la mano hacia atrás, a la empuñadura de la pistola.
5. (when greeting)
a. el apretón de manos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
On arriving, Marc exchanged grips with Richard and Meg.Al llegar, Marc se dio un apretón de manos con Richard y Meg.
6. (for hair) (United Kingdom)
a. la horquilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I put a grip in my dog's hair to keep her hair out of her eyes.Le puse una horquilla en el pelo a mi perra para evitar que el pelo le tapara los ojos.
7.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(suitcase)
a. la bolsa de viaje
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She packed her grip and left for Scotland.Empacó su bolsa de viaje y partió para Escocia.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to hold)
a. agarrar
Grip the wheel tightly when driving on curvy roads.Agarra el volante firmemente al conducir en carreteras con curvas.
b. sujetar
Grip the rope and pull.Sujeta la cuerda y jala.
9. (to fascinate)
a. fascinar
Your performance in the play gripped me from beginning to end.Tu actuación en la obra me fascinó de principio al fin.
10. (to overwhelm)
a. apoderarse de
The city was gripped by fear for two long years as police searched for the serial killer.El miedo se apoderó de la ciudad por dos largos años mientras la policía buscaba al asesino en serie.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to adhere)
a. adherirse
Our new tread pattern grips on wet or dry roads.El nuevo dibujo de nuestra banda de rodamiento se adhiere a las carreteras mojadas o secas.
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