grasping

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adjective grasp·ing \ˈgra-spiŋ\

Definition of grasping

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

graspingly

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graspingness

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Examples of grasping in a sentence

  1. Her grasping children fought over her property when she died.

  2. <a grasping person who would rather buy a car he didn't need than give a dime to charity>

Origin and Etymology of grasping

see 1grasp


First Known Use: 1710

Synonym Discussion of grasping

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>.

GRASPING Defined for English Language Learners

grasping

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adjective grasp·ing \ˈgra-spiŋ\

Definition of grasping for English Language Learners

  • : wanting money and possessions too much


GRASPING Defined for Kids

grasping

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adjective grasp·ing \ˈgra-spiŋ\

Definition of grasping for Students

  1. :  greedy 1



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