(noun, verb)


1. the act of grasping

- he has a strong grip for an old man

Similar word(s): clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, hold

Definition categories: act, grasping, prehension, seizing

2. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

- it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip

Similar word(s): handgrip, handle, hold

Definition categories: man–made, appendage

3. a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes

Similar word(s): bag, suitcase

Definition categories: man–made, baggage, luggage

4. the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)

Similar word(s): traction

Definition categories: phenomenon, friction, rubbing

5. worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made

Definition categories: person

6. an intellectual hold or understanding

- a good grip on French history

- they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities

- he was in the grip of a powerful emotion

Similar word(s): grasp

Definition categories: attribute, influence

7. a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place

- in Britain they call a bobby pin a grip

Similar word(s): hairgrip

Definition categories: man–made, hairpin

Sentences with grip as a noun:

- It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.

- The ball will move differently depending on the grip used when throwing it.

- the grip of a sword

- There are several good grips on the northern face of this rock.

- That is a grip of cheese.

- She has the grip.

- He gave me a grip.

- You're a real grip.

- I need to get a grip of nails for my project.

- in the grip of a blackmailer


1. hold fast or firmly

- He gripped the steering wheel

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

2. to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

Similar word(s): grapple

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

3. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

Similar word(s): fascinate, spellbind, transfix

Definition categories: emotion, interest

Sentences with grip as a verb:

- That suitcase is heavy, so grip the handle firmly.

- The glue will begin to grip within five minutes.

- After a few slips, the tires gripped the pavement.

- He grips me.

- Let’s grip (get a coffee, hang, take a break, see a movie, etc.)