ac·​quis·​i·​tive | \ə-ˈkwi-zə-tiv \

Definition of acquisitive 

: strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing

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acquisitively adverb
acquisitiveness noun

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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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Unlike most tribal peoples and the populations of some older countries, we Americans live in an acquisitive society, a society devoted to getting and spending. And America often makes successfully acquisitive people into heroes; even Ebenezer Scrooge, that model of miserly greed and acquisitiveness, was once defended by a White House chief of staff. An acquisitive nation may seek to acquire other territories by force. But mental acquisition of specialized knowledge or skills—or new vocabulary!—doesn't deprive others of the same information.

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acquisitive developers are trying to tear down the historic home and build a shopping mall

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No sooner is the apple of my acquisitive eye safely in my apartment but the little voice inside me begins to whisper doubts. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Refund Policy: One Vogue Writer Is a Compulsive Returner, the Other Keeps Absolutely Everything," 18 July 2018 In addition, the firm has been acquisitive even outside of bankruptcy court, recently acquiring Nautica’s brand from VF Corp. Authentic has added on debt in recent years to make these deals happen, and pay dividends to its stakeholders. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Nine West Assets to Be Sold to Authentic Brands for $340 Million," 11 June 2018 In an era of increasing foreign investment in the United States, few have been as acquisitive — or disruptive — as Masayoshi Son, the billionaire Japanese founder of SoftBank. Landon Thomas Jr., New York Times, "T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Would Give Japan’s SoftBank Bigger Foothold in U.S.," 29 Apr. 2018 But investors questioned the logic of the move for Broadcom, the acquisitive chip maker that had a mammoth hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc. blocked earlier this year by President Donald Trump. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 13 July 2018 So the acquisitive company, acting more like a buyout firm than a manufacturer, has turned to software. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—The Thinking Behind Broadcom's CA Technologies Acquisition," 12 July 2018 What is more, VMware is a fairly acquisitive company, having wrapped up six M&A deals just since Dell’s EMC takeover was completed. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Why VMware Needed to Cover Dell’s Tab," 5 July 2018 That Qualcomm’s shares have done even worse is some consolation, but investors still seem to be wondering what to do with the hyper-acquisitive Broadcom in an environment in which huge global deals have become much harder to pull off. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Broadcom Doing Just Fine on its Own," 7 June 2018 But the deal may have worried investors about what other moves the acquisitive company may be contemplating, particularly given past flirtations with buying LinkedIn and even Twitter . Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Salesforce Grows the Old-Fashioned Way," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of acquisitive

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acquisitive

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French acquisitif, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin acquīsītīvus "acquired, involving gain or possession," from Latin acquīsītus (past participle of acquīrere "to acquire") + -īvus -ive

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: having a strong desire to own or acquire more things

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