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"Grasp" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "agarrar", and "grab" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "agarrar". Learn more about the difference between "grasp" and "grab" below.
grasp(
grahsp
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to seize)
a. agarrar
I grasped her by the elbow to stop her going over to him.La agarré del codo para impedir que se acercara a él.
b. asir
The climber grasped the rope with both hands and pulled.El andinista asió la cuerda con las dos manos y jaló.
2. (to take advantadge of)
a. aprovechar
The secretary grasped the opportunity of the interruption to leave the room.La secretaria aprovechó la oportunidad de la interrupción para salir de la habitación.
3. (to hold firmly)
a. sujetar
Her aunt was grasping the book as if it would fly away.Su tía sujetaba el libro como si fuera a escaparse volando.
4. (to understand)
a. captar
The new receptionist quickly grasped what was expected of her.La nueva recepcionista captó rápidamente qué se esperaba de ella.
b. comprender
The government was slow to grasp the significance of these events.El gobierno tardó en comprender la importancia de estos eventos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (hold)
a. el apretón
(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).
She felt a firm grasp on her arm.Sintió un firme apretón en el brazo.
6.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(reach)
a. el alcance
(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).
If we can overcome our prejudices, a solution is within our grasp.Si podemos superar nuestros prejuicios, tenemos una solución a nuestro alcance.
7. (understanding)
a. la comprensión
(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).
Given his age, your young son's grasp of these complicated concepts is impressive.Dada su edad, la comprensión que tiene su hijito de estos conceptos complejos es digna de admiración.
b. el entendimiento
(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).
Incredibly enough, my mother has a stronger grasp of computers than I do.Increíblemente, mi madre tiene mejor entendimiento de las computadoras que yo.
8.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(power)
a. las garras
(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 wanted to get the child out of that woman's grasp.Quería librar al niño de las garras de esa mujer.
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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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