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acquisitive Line breaks: ac¦quisi|tive
Pronunciation: /əˈkwɪzɪtɪv/

Definition of acquisitive in English:


Excessively interested in acquiring money or material things: we live in a competitive and acquisitive society
More example sentences
  • 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.
informal money-grubbing, money-grabbing, on the make
North American informal grabby
Australian informal hungry
rare quaestuary, Mammonish, Mammonistic


Mid 19th century: from French acquisitif, -ive, from late Latin acquisitivus. from Latin acquisit- 'acquired', from the verb acquirere (see acquire).



Example sentences
  • 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.

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