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1. To grab onto tightly with the hand; creating a death grip with the hand
2. To gain understanding of a concept or idea
Reaching blindly into the darkness, his groping hand managed to grasp a solid support, saving him from certain doom.

It took several minutes of explaining, but eventually I grasped the idea being presented to me.
by Hamlin Ortiz July 21, 2005