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grasp·ing

 (grăs′pĭng)
adj.
Exceedingly eager for material gain; avaricious.

grasp′ing·ly adv.
grasp′ing·ness n.

grasping

(ˈɡrɑːspɪŋ)
adj
greedy; avaricious; rapacious
ˈgraspingly adv

grasp•ing

(ˈgræs pɪŋ, ˈgrɑs-)

adj.
greedy; avaricious.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grasping - understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
2.grasping - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)grasping - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
Adj.1.grasping - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealthgrasping - 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"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"

grasping

adjective greedy, acquisitive, rapacious, mean, selfish, stingy, penny-pinching (informal), venal, miserly, avaricious, niggardly, covetous, tightfisted, close-fisted, tight-arsed (taboo slang), usurious, tight-assed (U.S. taboo slang), snoep (S. African informal), tight as a duck's arse (taboo slang) She is a grasping and manipulative young woman.
generous, altruistic, unselfish

grasping

adjective
Having a strong urge to obtain or possess something, especially material wealth, in quantity:
Informal: grabby.
Translations
جَشِع، طَمّاع
lakomý
grisk
ágjarn, gráîugur
açgözlügözü doymaz

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] ADJ (fig) → avaro, codicioso

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] adj (= greedy) → avide

grasping

adj (fig)habgierig

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] adj (fig) → avido/a

grasp

(graːsp) verb
1. to take hold of especially by putting one's fingers or arm(s) round. He grasped the rope; He grasped the opportunity to ask for a higher salary.
2. to understand. I can't grasp what he's getting at.
noun
1. a grip with one's hand etc. Have you got a good grasp on that rope?
2. the ability to understand. His ideas are quite beyond my grasp.
ˈgrasping adjective
greedy (especially for money). a grasping old man.
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