A bracelet is held together by a clasp. A girl who gets a nice one from her boyfriend might clasp her arms around him. A clasp is a fastener. To clasp is to hold tightly.

In all uses of the word, clasp means to hold together tightly. You want your bracelet or belt clasp to be strong so it doesn't come apart. And when you take a child on a walk across a busy intersection, you clasp their hand tightly. The word is not related to the word clap, but if you clap your hands together, then keep them there, you turn a clap to a clasp.

Definitions of clasp
  1. verb
    hold firmly and tightly
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    release from a clasp
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    bosom, embrace, hug, squeeze
    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
    embrace amorously
    hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
    interlock, lock
    become engaged or intermeshed with one another
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    grasp, hold on
    hold firmly
  2. verb
    grasp firmly
    “The child clasped my hands”
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    release from a clasp
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  3. noun
    the act of grasping
    “he released his clasp on my arm”
    synonyms: clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold
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    choke hold, chokehold
    a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind
    embrace, embracement, embracing
    the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
    wrestling hold
    a hold used in the sport of wrestling
    cuddle, nestle, snuggle
    a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
    clinch, hug, squeeze
    a tight or amorous embrace
    bear hug
    a wrestling hold with arms locked tightly around the opponent
    any of several wrestling holds in which an arm is passed under the opponent's arm from behind and the hand exerts pressure on the back of the neck
    Japanese stranglehold
    a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arms are crossed in front of his own neck to exert pressure on his windpipe
    any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
    scissor grip, scissor hold, scissors, scissors grip, scissors hold
    a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
    a wrestling hold in which the arms are pressed against the opponent's windpipe
    a wrestling hold in which the toe is held and the leg is twisted against the joints
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    grasping, prehension, seizing, taking hold
    the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
  4. noun
    a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
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    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  5. verb
    fasten with a buckle or buckles
    synonyms: buckle
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    undo the buckle of
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  6. verb
    fasten with or as if with a brooch
    synonyms: brooch
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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