HyperDic: grasping

English > 3 senses of the word grasping:
NOUNcognitiongraspingunderstanding with difficulty
actgrasping, taking hold, seizing, prehensionthe act of gripping / gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
ADJECTIVEallgrasping, avaricious, covetous, grabby, greedy, prehensileimmoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
grasping > pronunciation
Soundsgrae'spihng
Rhymesabducting ... zoning: 2044 rhymes with ihng...
English > grasping: 3 senses > adjective 1
Meaningimmoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth.
Examples
  • "a grasping old miser"
  • "grasping commercialism"
Synonymsavaricious, covetous, grabby, greedy, prehensile
Broaderacquisitiveeager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
Spanishavariciosa, avaricioso, avarienta, avariento, avaro, ávida, ávido, codicioso, mezquina
Catalanavar, avariciós, cobdiciós
Nounsgraspingthe act of gripping / gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
English > grasping: 3 senses > noun 1, cognition
Meaningunderstanding with difficulty.
Example"the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
Broaderunderstanding, apprehension, discernment, savvyThe cognitive condition / condition of someone who understands
Verbsgraspget the meaning / meaning of something
English > grasping: 3 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningThe act of gripping / gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles).
Synonymstaking hold, seizing, prehension
Narrowerclasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, holdThe act of grasping
BroadercontrolThe activity of managing or exerting control over something
Spanishasimiento
Adjectivesgraspingimmoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
Verbsgrasphold firmly

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