adjective Date: 1835 strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing Synonyms: see covetousacquisitively adverbacquisitiveness noun

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  • acquisitive — ac‧quis‧i‧tive [əˈkwɪztɪv] adjective FINANCE an acquisitive company often buys other companies or parts of other companies: • The company s acquisitive nature could lead to further increases in total debt. * * * acquisitive UK US /əˈkwɪzɪtɪv/… …   Financial and business terms

  • Acquisitive — Ac*quis i*tive, a. 1. Acquired. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He died not in his acquisitive, but in his native soil. Wotton. [1913 Webster] 2. Able or disposed to make acquisitions; acquiring; as, an acquisitive person or disposition. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquisitive — index confiscatory, insatiable, mercenary, parsimonious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • acquisitive — (adj.) 1630s, owned through acquisition, from L. acquisit , pp. stem of acquirere (see ACQUISITION (Cf. acquisition)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Meaning given to acquisition, avaricious is from 1826 (implied in acquisitiveness). Related: Acquisitively… …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquisitive — grasping, avaricious, greedy, *covetous Analogous words: avid, *eager, keen, athirst: possessing or possessive, owning, enjoying (see corresponding verbs at HAVE) Antonyms: sacrificing, abnegating Contrasted words: forgoing, forbearing, eschewing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acquisitive — [adj] eager to obtain knowledge or things avaricious, avid, covetous, demanding, desirous, grabbing, grabby, grasping, greedy, predatory, prehensile, rapacious; concept 542 …   New thesaurus

  • acquisitive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excessively interested in acquiring money or material things. DERIVATIVES acquisitively adverb acquisitiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • acquisitive — [ə kwiz′ə tiv] adj. [LL acquisitivus < pp. of L acquirere: see ACQUIRE] eager to acquire; good at getting and holding wealth, etc.; grasping SYN. GREEDY acquisitively adv. acquisitiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • acquisitive — [[t]əkwɪ̱zɪtɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe a person or an organization as acquisitive, you do not approve of them because you think they are too concerned with getting new possessions. We live in an acquisitive… …   English dictionary

  • acquisitive — acquisitively, adv. acquisitiveness, n. /euh kwiz i tiv/, adj. tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies. Also, acquisitory /euh kwiz i tawr ee,… …   Universalium

  • acquisitive — adjective a) Able or disposed to make acquisitions; acquiring. He is an acquisitive person. b) Dispositioned toward acquiring and retaining information. She has an acquisitive nature …   Wiktionary

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