grasp
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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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grasp
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (hold)
a. el asimiento
(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).
to wrest something from somebody's grasparrancar algo de las manos de alguien
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to have something within one's grasptener algo al alcance de la mano
3. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the opportunity had slipped from her grasphabía dejado escapar la oportunidad
4. (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).
to have a good grasp of modern historycomprender or dominar muy bien la historia moderna
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (hold firmly)
a. agarrar, asir
6. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to grasp the opportunityaprovechar la oportunidad
7. (understand)
a. comprender
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grasp [ɡrɑːsp]
noun
1 (handclasp) apretón (m)
to be within sb's grasp estar al alcance de la mano de algn
another Olympic gold medal looks within his grasp he sensed that a world title was finally within his grasp financial rewards are within your grasp Louis still believed that the English crown was within his grasp
he has a strong grasp agarra muy fuerte; to lose one's grasp on sth desasirse de algo
2 (power) garras (f); control (m); (range) alcance (m); (understanding) comprensión (f)
it's within everyone's grasp está al alcance de todos; it is beyond my grasp está fuera de mi alcance; to have a good grasp of sth dominar algo
transitive verb
1 (take hold of) agarrar; asir; (hold firmly) sujetar; [+hand] estrechar; apretar; [+weapon etc] empuñar;
2 [+chance, opportunity] aprovechar; [+power, territory] apoderarse de
3 (understand) comprender; entender
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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I cannot grasp arithmetic
no puedo comprender la aritmética
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