Definition of acquisitive
: strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing
Examples of acquisitive in a Sentence
acquisitive developers are trying to tear down the historic home and build a shopping mall
Recent Examples of acquisitive from the Web
Amazon is a machine that stimulates the acquisitive urge of readers.
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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 Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acquisitive for English Language Learners
: having a strong desire to own or acquire more things
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