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Adjective: grasping  grãs-ping
  1. Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism";
    - avaricious, covetous, grabby [N. Amer, informal], greedy, prehensile
Noun: grasping  grãs-ping
  1. Understanding with difficulty
    "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
  2. The act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
    - taking hold, seizing, prehension
Verb: grasp  grãsp
  1. Hold firmly
    - hold on
  2. Get the meaning of something
    "Do you grasp the meaning of this letter?";
    - grok [N. Amer, informal], get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig [informal], compass, apprehend

Derived forms: graspings

See also: acquisitive

Type of: apprehension, control, discernment, hold, savvy, take hold, understand, understanding

Encyclopedia: Grasping