Definition of acquisitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈkwɪzətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkwɪzətɪv//
(formal, disapproving)
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wanting very much to buy or get new possessions the post-war acquisitive society It is an acquisitive company looking for ways to expand. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French acquisitif, -ive, from late Latin acquisitivus. from Latin acquisit- ‘acquired’, from the verb acquirere ‘get in addition’, from ad- ‘to’ + quaerere ‘seek’. The English spelling was modified (c.1600) by association with the Latin word.
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