noun \ˈgrēd\

: a selfish desire to have more of something (especially money)

Full Definition of GREED

:  a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed

Examples of GREED

  1. He was a ruthless businessman, motivated by naked ambition and greed.
  2. <don't let greed for riches control you>

Origin of GREED

back-formation from greedy
First Known Use: 1609
GREED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈgrēd\

Definition of GREED for Kids

:  selfish desire for more than is needed


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