ac·​quis·​i·​tive | \ ə-ˈkwi-zə-tiv How to pronounce acquisitive (audio) \

Definition of acquisitive

: strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing

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Other Words from acquisitive

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 By its relatively timid standard, though, Microsoft has indeed become more acquisitive in recent years (see chart). The Economist, "Don’t be fooled by randomness The method in Microsoft’s merger madness," 15 Apr. 2021 For the truly acquisitive, working within the dimensions of existing closets doesn’t cut it. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "How the Closet Became a Personal Boutique," 8 Apr. 2021 While Birkin handbag maker Hermès is happy to keep billions of euros sitting on its books, more-acquisitive names like LVMH and its rival Kering, which owns the Gucci brand, might consider doing deals instead. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Luxury Brands Will Go Shopping Again," 21 Dec. 2020 Asian insurance units, which then became his acquisitive FWD Group Ltd. Shirley Zhao,, "Billionaire Richard Li Teams Up With Peter Thiel on SPAC Bet," 2 Dec. 2020 That same year, regulators seized Anbang Insurance Group Co., which symbolized the recent era of mega-acquisitive Chinese companies, and imprisoned its former chairman for fraud. Enda Curran,, "Derailing of Jack Ma’s Ant IPO Shows Xi Jinping’s in Charge," 4 Nov. 2020 The most acquisitive of the dynasties was the Qing (1644–1912), which carved up and controlled Tibet and conquered today’s Xinjiang. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "The Future of Chinese Power," 5 Oct. 2020 The billionaire, whose company was once among the industry’s most aggressively acquisitive, has hosted a fundraiser at his estate for the U.S. president. Sarah Frier, Fortune, "TikTok’s U.S. business is said to have a new suitor: Oracle," 18 Aug. 2020 Ellison, whose company was once among the industry’s most aggressively acquisitive, hosted a fund-raiser at his estate for Trump in February. Sarah Mcbride,, "Oracle said to be weighing a bid for TikTok’s US business," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Acquisitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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