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definition of the word grapple

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Grapple

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Singular
grapple

Plural
countable and uncountable; grapples

grapple (countable and uncountable; plural grapples)

  1. (nautical) a device consisting of iron claws, attached to the end of a rope, used for grasping and holding an enemy ship prior to boarding; a grapnel or grappling iron
  2. (uncountable) the act of grappling
  3. a close hand-to-hand struggle

Infinitive
to grapple

Third person singular
grapples

Simple past
grappled

Past participle
grappled

Present participle
grappling

to grapple (third-person singular simple present grapples, present participle grappling, simple past and past participle grappled)

  1. (transitive) to seize something and hold it firmly
  2. (transitive) (figuratively) to ponder and intensely evaluate a problem; normally used as grapple with ...
  3. (intransitive) to use a grapple
  4. (intransitive) to wrestle or tussle
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