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Meaning of GRASPING

Pronunciation:  'grasping

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of gripping something firmly with the hands
  2. [n]  understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
  3. [adj]  immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"

GRASPING is a 8 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: acquisitive, avaricious, covetous, grabby, greedy, prehensile, prehension, seizing, taking hold
 See Also: apprehension, clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, control, discernment, grasp, grip, hold, savvy, understanding



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Grasp"ing\, a.
1. Seizing; embracing; catching.

2. Avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as,
   he is a grasping man. -- {Grasp"ing*ly}, adv. --
   {Grasp"ing*ness}, n.

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