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English adjective: grasping

1. grasping immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

SamplesThey 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.

Synonymsavaricious, covetous, grabby, greedy, prehensile



English noun: grasping

1. grasping (cognition) understanding with difficulty

SamplesThe lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings.

Broader (hypernym)apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding

2. grasping (act) the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)

Synonymsprehension, seizing, taking hold

Broader (hypernym)control

Narrower (hyponym)clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold

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