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grapple (verb) grip somebody/something tightly and struggle; try hard to find a solution to a problem.
When you grapple with someone or something, you hold them or it tightly and struggle with them or it. 'The man grappled with the attacker and pinned him to the ground.' This means that the man held the attacker tightly and fixed him firmly to the ground, without letting him go. The attacker was under the control of the man. When you grapple with a problem you try hard to find a solution to the problem. You accept the challenge of the problem and seek a solution to it.
- As the woman began to shout for help, two men from behind grappled with the assailant and did not let him move until the police arrived.
- The government is yet to grapple with the problem of rescue and rehabilitation of the tens of thousands of people affected by the earthquake.