from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by a strong desire to gain and possess.
  • adj. Tending to acquire and retain ideas or information: an acquisitive mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Acquired.
  • adj. Able or disposed to make acquisitions; acquiring.
  • adj. Dispositioned toward acquiring and retaining information.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Acquired.
  • adj. Able or disposed to make acquisitions; acquiring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Acquired.
  • Making or tending to make acquisitions; having a propensity to acquire: as, an acquisitive disposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas


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