Synonyms for Grapple:

n.

brawl, tangle with, duke, square off. close, engage. clench, grab. conflict, tussle, scuffle, touch. clasp (noun)
clench, embrace.
fasten (noun)
hook.
grapple (noun)
get by, grappling, wrestling, grappling iron, clamshell, grappling hook, grip, contend, wrestle, grappler, cope, make do, make out, grapnel, manage, deal, hand-to-hand struggle.
grip (noun)
grapnel.

v.

clash (verb)
brawl, conflict.
clutch (verb)
keep.
compete (verb)
wrestle.
contact (verb)
grip.
fasten (verb)
close, fasten, catch, join, hook.
grapple (verb)
clutch, grasp, seize, fasten, scuffle, clasp, grip, hold, catch, close, contend, engage, cope, hook, tussle.
grip (verb)
grasp, adhere, grip, hold, clutch, embrace, clasp, keep, have, seize, retain.

Other synonyms:

fasten, join, tangle with. square off, brawl, scuffle, grab, clench, tussle. duke. contend
tangle with.
Other relevant words:
duke, catch, engage, clamshell, get by, tussle, fasten, hand-to-hand struggle, make out, scuffle, contend, grappling, hook, grab, make do, manage, grapnel, close, wrestle, brawl, grappling hook, wrestling, grappling iron, cope, deal, conflict, grappler, join, clench.

Usage examples for grapple

  1. It was a happy day for Canada when Lord Elgin accepted this gracious offer of his political opponents, who undoubtedly recognized in him the possession of qualities which would enable him successfully, in all probability, to grapple with the perplexing problems which embarrassed public affairs in the province. – Lord Elgin by John George Bourinot
  2. Physical pain and the origin of evil seem the only questions with which he has not been able to grapple – The Martian by George Du Maurier
  3. I began to think myself rough and ready and was able to grapple with almost anything and do a good days' work. – The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again by William Nowlin