adjective ac·quis·i·tive \ə-ˈkwi-zə-tiv\

: having a strong desire to own or acquire more things

Full Definition of ACQUISITIVE

:  strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing
ac·quis·i·tive·ly adverb
ac·quis·i·tive·ness noun


  1. <acquisitive developers are trying to tear down the historic home and build a shopping mall>

First Known Use of ACQUISITIVE


Synonym Discussion of ACQUISITIVE

covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions <covetous of his brother's country estate>. greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire <greedy for status symbols>. acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep <an eagerly acquisitive mind>. grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means <a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives>. avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess <an avaricious miser>.


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