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Definition 1: the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for grasping in the sense of this definition

(grasping is a kind of ...) the activity of managing or exerting control over something

"the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

(... is a kind of grasping ) 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"

Definition 2: understanding with difficulty - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where grasping or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings

(grasping is a kind of ...) the cognitive condition of someone who understands

"he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

Definition 3: immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where grasping or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for grasping in the sense of this definition

(grasping is similar to ...) 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"

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