acquisitive

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 acquisitive — ● acquisitif, acquisitive adjectif (latin acquisitivus) Relatif à l acquisition …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 13 acquisitive — adjective his acquisitive wife has left him for a Denver architect Syn: greedy, covetous, avaricious, possessive, grasping, grabbing, predatory, avid, rapacious, mercenary, materialistic; informal money grubbing See note at greedy …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 acquisitive — /əˈkwɪzətɪv / (say uh kwizuhtiv) adjective tending to make acquisitions; fond of acquiring possessions: an acquisitive society. –acquisitively, adverb –acquisitiveness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 acquisitive — adj. keen to acquire things; avaricious; materialistic. Derivatives: acquisitively adv. acquisitiveness n. Etymology: F acquisitive or LL acquisitivus (as ACQUIRE) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 acquisitive — adjective Date: 1835 strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing Synonyms: see covetous • acquisitively adverb • acquisitiveness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 acquisitive — Synonyms and related words: a hog for, acquiring, all devouring, ambitious for self, autistic, avaricious, avid, bottomless, careerist, coveting, covetous, demanding, desirous, devouring, egotistical, esurient, exacting, exigent, gluttonous,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 acquisitive — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. greedy, grasping, avaricious, rapacious; see greedy 1 . See Synonym Study at greedy . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. greedy, materialistic, grasping, avaricious, grabby, hoarding, rapacious, *gold digging. ANT.:… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 acquisitive — ac|quis|i|tive [əˈkwızıtıv] adj wanting to have and keep a lot of possessions >acquisitiveness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 acquisitive — ac|quis|i|tive [ ə kwızətıv ] adjective FORMAL trying to get things, especially because you want them, rather than because you need them ╾ ac|quis|i|tive|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English