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Definition of acquisitive

: strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing

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acquisitively adverb
acquisitiveness noun

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covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions. covetous of his brother's country estate greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire. greedy for status symbols acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep. an eagerly acquisitive mind grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means. a hard grasping businesswoman who cheated her associates avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess. an avaricious miser

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acquisitive developers are trying to tear down the historic home and build a shopping mall
Recent Examples on the Web Since chipmaker Broadcom was blocked from buying Qualcomm last year, CEO Hock Tan has turned his acquisitive eye on software companies. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The Feds Try To End the Debate Over 5G Health Concerns—Data Sheet," 9 Aug. 2019 By comparison, the financials of SoftBank Group Corp., another acquisitive conglomerate, are a lot easier to parse (and that’s saying something). Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Thomas Cook’s Biggest Backer Sells Happiness. Really.," 24 Sep. 2019 Yet behind the scenes the Chinese government has been aiding HNA, a similarly acquisitive giant with growing financial troubles. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Chinese Conglomerate HNA Gets a Lifeline," 2 Mar. 2018 The acquisitive company views Asia as one of the quickest ways to reduce its debt, according to its prospectus, while also scoping out M&A opportunities in the region. Alex Nicoll, Fortune, "Why the King of Beers Just Had to Downsize its Big Asian IPO," 17 Sep. 2019 Most musicians are record collectors, and every record collector has an acquisitive gene that drives him or her to chase down the hallowed bootleg, the alternate take, the rare remix. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Shelf stable: D.C. musician John Davis keeps punk alive at a U-Md. library," 20 Aug. 2019 Aramco’s move toward disclosing more information coincides with the company’s becoming increasingly acquisitive, especially outside Saudi Arabia, in ways that could add to its need for more financing. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "Saudi Aramco Says It’s ‘Ready’ for I.P.O. as It Reports Half-Year Earnings," 12 Aug. 2019 Aramco’s move toward disclosing more information coincides with the company’s becoming increasingly acquisitive, especially outside Saudi Arabia, in ways that could add to its need for more financing. Stanley Reed,, "Saudi Aramco says it’s ‘ready’ for IPO as it reports half-year earnings," 12 Aug. 2019 Berkshire Bank has been one of New England’s most acquisitive banks in recent years., "Bank’s top diversity executive launches an expansive to-do list," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of acquisitive

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acquisitive

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French acquisitif, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin acquīsītīvus "acquired, involving gain or possession," from Latin acquīsītus (past participle of acquīrere "to acquire") + -īvus -ive

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“Acquisitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of acquisitive

formal + disapproving : having a strong desire to own or acquire more things

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