To grip something is to hold it firmly. You might grip the TV remote to keep your roommate from trying to change the channel.

When you want to hold on to something, you grip it. If your hands are strong and you can hold things well, you have a good grip. Grip is also the roughness or texture of something. A steering wheel has good grip if your hands don't slip while driving. This word can be also be used figuratively. If you’re upset, your friend might tell you to “get a grip” — that is, get a hold of yourself.

Definitions of grip
  1. verb
    hold fast or firmly
    “He gripped the steering wheel”
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    bite, seize with teeth
    to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
    nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
    squeeze tightly between the fingers
    bite or chew on with the teeth
    bite off, snap at
    bite off with a quick bite
    bring the jaws together
    bite gently
    give a small sharp bite to
    bite off very small pieces
    pinch in the buttocks
    pinch or squeeze sharply
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  2. verb
    grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
    synonyms: grapple
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  3. noun
    the act of grasping
    “he has a strong grip for an old man”
    synonyms: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, 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
    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
    synonyms: handgrip, handle, hold
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    ax handle, axe handle
    the handle of an ax
    broom handle, broomstick
    the handle of a broom
    the stock or handle of a whip
    haft, helve
    the handle of a weapon or tool
    the handle of a sword or dagger
    hoe handle
    the handle of a hoe
    a round handle
    mop handle
    the handle of a mop
    the handle of a pan
    pommel, saddlebow
    handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle
    a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse
    rake handle
    the handle of a rake
    the handle end of some implements or tools
    gunstock, stock
    the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
    basket hilt
    a hilt with a basket-shaped guard for the hand
    bitstock, brace
    a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
    butt, butt end
    thick end of the handle
    doorhandle, doorknob
    a knob used to release the catch when opening a door (often called `doorhandle' in Great Britain)
    horn, saddle horn
    a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)
    pistol grip
    a handle (as of a gun or saw) shaped like the butt of a pistol
    (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes
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    a part that is joined to something larger
  5. noun
    the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
    synonyms: adhesive friction, traction
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    friction, rubbing
    the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
  6. noun
    a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place
    synonyms: bobby pin, hairgrip
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    a double pronged pin used to hold women's hair in place
  7. verb
    render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    synonyms: fascinate, spellbind, transfix
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    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  8. noun
    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”
    synonyms: grasp
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    something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and hold
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    a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
  9. noun
    a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes
    synonyms: bag, suitcase, traveling bag, travelling bag
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    traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century
    garment bag
    a suitcase that unfolds to be hung up
    a small suitcase
    overnight bag, overnight case, overnighter
    a small traveling bag to carry clothing and accessories for staying overnight
    Gladstone, Gladstone bag, portmanteau
    a large travelling bag made of stiff leather
    a small suitcase to carry clothing and accessories for a weekend trip
    a small overnight bag for short trips
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    baggage, luggage
    cases used to carry belongings when traveling
  10. noun
    worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
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    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
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