Definition of greed noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡriːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːd//
    [uncountable] (disapproving) Hunger
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  1. 1a strong desire for more wealth, possessions, power, etc. than a person needs His actions were motivated by greed. She killed him to satisfy her greed. the evils of corporate greed greed for something Nothing would satisfy her greed for power.
  2. 2a strong desire for more food or drink when you are no longer hungry or thirsty I had another helping of ice cream out of pure greed. See related entries: Hunger
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: back-formation from greedy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: greed