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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kwiz-i-tiv]
    • /əˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/
    • /əˈkwɪz.ɪ.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kwiz-i-tiv]
    • /əˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/

Definitions of acquisitive word

  • adjective acquisitive If you describe a person or an organization as acquisitive, you do not approve of them because you think they are too concerned with getting new possessions. 3
  • adjective acquisitive inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessions 3
  • adjective acquisitive eager to acquire; good at getting and holding wealth, etc.; grasping 3
  • adjective acquisitive tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies. 1
  • noun acquisitive Excessively interested in acquiring money or material things. 1
  • adjective acquisitive greedy, materialistic 1

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Origin of acquisitive

First appearance:

before 1630
One of the 42% oldest English words
1630-40; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin acquīsītīvus; see acquisition, -ive

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Parts of speech for Acquisitive


acquisitive popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acquisitive

adj acquisitive

  • rapacious — given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
  • avaricious — An avaricious person is very greedy for money or possessions.
  • avid — You use avid to describe someone who is very enthusiastic about something that they do.
  • covetous — A covetous person has a strong desire to possess something, especially something that belongs to another person.
  • demanding — A demanding job or task requires a lot of your time, energy, or attention.

adjective acquisitive

  • materialistic — excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and material possessions, rather than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.

Antonyms for acquisitive

adjective acquisitive

  • generous — liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift.

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