Grasping Grasp"ing, a. 1. Seizing; embracing; catching. [1913 Webster]

2. Avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as, he is a grasping man. -- {Grasp"ing*ly}, adv. -- {Grasp"ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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