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grasping

adjective

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grasping

verb
present participle of grasp

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1 to have a practical understanding of
  • he just doesn't grasp how important it is that he call when he'll be late

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2 to put one's arms around and press tightly
  • the departing soldier grasped his children a little closer than usual

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3 to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms
  • the attendant grasped my arm and steered me towards the door

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Adjective

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 businesswoman who cheated her associates avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess. an avaricious miser

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The first known use of grasping was in 1577

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“Grasping.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/grasping. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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