What does grasping mean?

Definitions for grasping
ˈgræs pɪŋ, ˈgrɑs-grasp·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graspingnoun

    understanding with difficulty

    "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"

  2. grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehensionadjective

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

  3. avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensileadjective

    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"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"


  1. graspingadjective

    Eager for money; greedy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graspingadjective

    seizing; embracing; catching

  2. Graspingadjective

    avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as, he is a grasping man

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grasping in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grasping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of grasping in a Sentence

  1. Wang Baomin:

    Companies that get subsidies through connections are cruising without feeling any competition or fully grasping the technology, i'm afraid robots will walk down the path of China's solar industry, with its market development distorted.

  2. Robert Moffit:

    For sheer compatibility, collegiality and competence in terms of grasping the nuances of what has to be done in health policy, I can’t think of a better candidate, he’s best understood by his legislative record, he is author of a lot of amendments and bills, but especially the Empowering Patients First Act, because it’s a highly detailed legislative proposal.

  3. Robert Saleh:

    He’s got a really good early command of the offense, and he’s doing a really good job in regards to that, there’s little things that he’s doing where you’re seeing a little more security. He’s not a rookie, so he’s being a little more vocal. He looks good. He’s getting more comfortable, obviously grasping the offense. He’s never had trouble grasping the offense, but he was a rookie, so he goes through it. He’s much further ahead at this point than he was a year ago, for sure.

  4. Byron Donalds:

    He was grasping at straws and throwing out populist talking points, but there still was no facts or real information behind it, in the chamber, his delivery was frankly awful, and the imagery was not good.

  5. Jason Dempsey:

    The idea that we're making the same kind of progress (as in Colombia) is grasping at straws for justification.

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    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    • A. staff
    • B. mediocrity
    • C. equity
    • D. relocation

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