- Excessively interested in acquiring money or material things: we live in a competitive and acquisitive societyMore example sentences
greedy, hoarding, covetous, avaricious, possessive, grasping, grabbing, predatory, avid, rapacious, mercenary, materialistic, money-orientedNorth American • informal grabbyAustralian • informal hungry• rare quaestuary, Mammonish, Mammonistic
- Britain was on the eve of the acquisitive era of material greed: fibre-optic lamps and brown leather sofas were already ubiquitous status symbols.
- They probably all drive People Carriers and conversation is solely about one-upmanship, acquisitive materialism and diets.
- Life is just one big vain, greedy, acquisitive, covetous, furious orgy - and then you die.
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- The company has little firepower to grow acquisitively - a fact which can only hinder its organic progress.
- With Johnson likely to be back, England will be expected to contest the ball a deal more fiercely and acquisitively than they did for the last hour against Italy.
- We've already said that we are acquisitively minded, and so we now intend to try England to add to our staff.
mid 19th century: from French acquisitif, -ive, from late Latin acquisitivus. from Latin acquisit- 'acquired', from the verb acquirere (see acquire).