Synonyms for Grasping:

adj.

avaricious (adjective)
usurious, venal, hoarding, monopolistic, selfish, sordid, money-grubbing, miserly, mercenary, acquisitive, Cadging, greedy, avaricious, rapacious, possessive.
desirous (adjective)
Lusting, covetous, yearning, hopeful, longing, hankering, greedy, needful, passionate, ardent, eager, hungry, acquisitive, urgent, amorous, fond, expectant, itching, desirous, Thirsting.
grabby (adjective)
grabby.
greedy (adjective)
miserly, penurious, covetous, rapacious, prehensile, venal, desirous, usurious, avaricious, acquisitive, grabby, selfish.

n.

self-absorbed, self-seeking, ungenerous, cynical, inward-looking, self-centered. desire, give. grasping (noun)
seizing, covetous, prehension, avaricious, grabby, taking hold, prehensile, greedy, acquisitive.
niggardly (noun)
penurious, study at greedy.

v.

commanding (verb)
governing, reigning, coordinating, swaying, ruling, Managing, directing, Disciplining, controlling, commanding, dominating, Charging.
desiring (verb)
Desiring, Expecting, wanting, Hoping, Fancying, Coveting, welcoming, Needing, pining, craving, wishing, Hungering.
gripping (verb)
Clasping, gripping, embracing, grappling, seizing, retaining, Adhering, Having, Clutching, keeping, holding.
knowing (verb)
Perceiving, knowing, discerning, Recognizing.
learning (verb)
studying, understanding, learning, Discovering, Digesting, Comprehending, mastering, Realizing, assimilating, absorbing, reading, Gleaning.

Other synonyms:

desire. Other relevant words:
self-seeking, penurious, self-centered, grabby, prehensile, taking hold, self-absorbed, prehension, acquisitive.

Usage examples for grasping

  1. After lunch came the usual difference of opinion with the Admiral, who seems to have great difficulty in grasping the fact that our will is law as to times and seasons for sailing. – A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil by T. R. Swinburne
  2. " Keep him much close," An- ina cried, her mitted hand grasping Steve by the arm. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  3. So, grasping the papers with a trembling hand, she began to look out for an opportunity of parting with some of them, and she had not long to wait. – Amos Huntingdon by T.P. Wilson