acquisitive

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

Definition of acquisitive

  1. :  strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing

acquisitively

adverb

acquisitiveness

noun

Examples of acquisitive in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

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.

1835

First Known Use of acquisitive

1835

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.

ACQUISITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

acquisitive

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

Definition of acquisitive for English Language Learners

  • : having a strong desire to own or acquire more things



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