grasp·​ing | \ ˈgra-spiŋ How to pronounce grasping (audio) \

Definition of grasping

: desiring material possessions urgently and excessively and often to the point of ruthlessness Her grasping children fought over her property when she died.

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graspingly \ ˈgra-​spiŋ-​lē How to pronounce graspingly (audio) \ adverb
graspingness noun

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covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions. covetous of his brother's country estate greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire. greedy for status symbols acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep. an eagerly acquisitive mind grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means. a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess. an avaricious miser

Examples of grasping in a Sentence

Her grasping children fought over her property when she died. a grasping person who would rather buy a car he didn't need than give a dime to charity

First Known Use of grasping

1710, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grasping

see grasp entry 1

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The first known use of grasping was in 1710

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English Language Learners Definition of grasping

: wanting money and possessions too much


grasp·​ing | \ ˈgra-spiŋ How to pronounce grasping (audio) \

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to take the place or position of

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