Examples of acquisitive in a Sentence
acquisitive developers are trying to tear down the historic home and build a shopping mall
Recent Examples of acquisitive from the Web
In November 1872 acquisitive settlers and an unscrupulous Indian agent provoked the army into a bloody confrontation with Jack’s village.
Teva, an acquisitive company by tradition, paid $40.5 billion last year to beef up its copycat medicines business and bolster growth.
Regulators have chosen four of China’s most acquisitive companies for extra scrutiny: Anbang, an insurance firm; HNA, an aviation-to-tourism group; Wanda, a property developer; and Fosun, an industrial conglomerate.
Digital Bridge has built a name as an acquisitive player in the telecommunications space since its launch in 2013.
Regulators have chosen four of China’s most acquisitive companies for extra scrutiny: Anbang, an insurance firm
The question posed, however, was whether snipers could be classified as true revolutionaries; fire bombers, as those overwhelmed with frustration and seeking to destroy the symbols of their discontent; looters, as victims of the acquisitive itch?
Your son the senior is acquisitive? Warren Buffett.
But for advertising giants like WPP and Omnicom, the immediate worry isn’t Google and Facebook but the lean, acquisitive operating model pursued by consumer goods companies like Kraft Heinz.
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Unlike most tribal peoples and the populations of some older countries, we Americans live in an acquisitive society, a society devoted to getting and spending. And America often makes successfully acquisitive people into heroes; even Ebenezer Scrooge, that model of miserly greed and acquisitiveness, was once defended by a White House chief of staff. An acquisitive nation may seek to acquire other territories by force. But mental acquisition of specialized knowledge or skills—or new vocabulary!—doesn't deprive others of the same information.
Origin and Etymology of acquisitive
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
Synonymsgreedy, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, grabby, grasping, mercenary, moneygrubbing, rapacious
Related Wordscommercialistic, materialistic, philistine; desirous, eager, itchy, lickerish, miserly; hoggish, piggish, piggy, swinish; devouring, gluttonous, gobbling, insatiable, ravenous, unquenchable, voracious; egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), self-centered, self-seeking; discontent, discontented, malcontent, unsatisfied; begrudging, grudging, resentful
Near Antonymsnonmaterialistic; altruistic, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, freehanded, generous, greathearted, handsome, liberal, magnanimous, munificent, openhanded, openhearted, selfless, unselfish, unsparing; controlled, moderate, restrained, temperate; content, sated, satisfied
Synonym Discussion of acquisitive
- covetous of his brother's country estate
- greedy for status symbols
- an eagerly acquisitive mind
- a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives
- an avaricious miser
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