Part of speech: verb

To seize; clinch; contend.

Part of speech: noun

A close hold or grip, as in wrestling.

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Usage examples "grapple":

  1. Her mind had already begun to grapple with the problems suggested by Percy's letter of the morning. - "Together", Robert Herrick (1868-1938).
  2. The province of art and of all thinking and working is to make these truths clear and to grapple with the problems they give rise to. - "Emerson and Other Essays", John Jay Chapman.
  3. He had watched this fearful grapple, motionless and terror- stricken, and now with a child's vision he saw what Gresh meant to do. - "A Master's Degree", Margaret Hill McCarter.