"grasping" in the noun sense
understanding with difficulty
"the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
2. grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehension
the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
"grasping" in the verb sense
1. grasp, hold on
2. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend
get the meaning of something
"Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
"grasping" in the adjective sense
1. avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile
immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
"they are avaricious and will do anything for money"
"casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"
"a grasping old miser"
"greedy for money and power"
"grew richer and greedier"
"prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
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