• WordNet 3.6
    • adj acquisitive eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas "an acquisitive mind","an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acquisitive Able or disposed to make acquisitions; acquiring; as, an acquisitive person or disposition.
    • Acquisitive Acquired. "He died not in his acquisitive , but in his native soil."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acquisitive Acquired.
    • acquisitive Making or tending to make acquisitions; having a propensity to acquire: as, an acquisitive disposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Acquisitive desirous to acquire
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
    “The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “Many people think of knowledge as money, They would like knowledge, but do not want to face the perseverance and self-denial that goes into the acquisition of it.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    “The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.”
  • Hesiod
    “Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aquerre—L. acquirĕre, -quisitumad, to, and quærĕre, to seek.


In literature:

She would not tolerate any acquisition by her rival unless she obtained 'equivalents.
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
The tendencies of the former are acquisitive, selfish, gratifying; of the latter, bestowing, expanding, diffusing.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He could afford to spend no time in the acquisition of a trade.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
By the acquisition of fort William Henry, the French had obtained complete possession of the lakes Champlain and George.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
It is scarcely supposable that the views of Sir Henry Clinton in moving up the river, were limited to this single acquisition.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)" by John Marshall
We have already seen to what extent he used his riches for the acquisition of political influence.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
My acquisitions, however, were carefully hidden.
"Continental Monthly , Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
This superiority is as apparent in morals as in scholarly acquisitions.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
Montenegro contained about 3486 square miles of territory before its acquisitions in the Balkan wars.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
This acquisition was regarded by the protector as the means only of obtaining further advantages.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume

In poetry:

An acquisition rather rare
Is yet no subject of despair;
Nor is it wise complaining,
If, either on forbidden ground,
Or where it was not to be found,
We sought without attaining.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
And to them the din of battle was only a shout of glory:
But for their noble king they felt a little sorry,
Because they knew he was sacrificing a strong position,
Which was to his army a very great acquisition.
"The Battle of Flodden Field" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Under the Federal Acquisition Regulations, agencies of the United States Government are permitted to contract only with "responsible" contractors.
The second alternative, assuming a starting value for the start of the acquisition, is a perfectly reasonable simplification for most flow control debugging situations.
2012 Recruiting/Talent Acquisition (TA) Survey: To What Extent are TA Organizations "Centralized vs Decentralized ".
The acquisition will allow for the continued expansion of developing and manufacturing decoys and decoy accessories, according to a press release.
Kevin Cohee turned OneUnited into the nation's largest black banking institution one acquisition at a time.
At Harvard University, the acquisition of Homi K Bhabha from the University of Chicago this fall is regarded as a major coup, as if Sammy Sosa had defected to the Boston Red Sox.
The Department of Defense ( DoD ) has released details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2010 reporting period.
Sandoz announced it has completed the acquisition of Fougera Pharmaceuticals, a maker of generic dermatology products, for $1.5 billion.
Rangers' big acquisition from Japan dazzling in 1st appearance.
Major food companies have been extending their reach into the pet food market via acquisitions.
CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2002--Electrolux Group has finalized the acquisition of Diamant Boart International S.A.
Data Acquisition Rules of the Road: Selecting High-Speed Differential ADC Drivers Part 2.
Data Acquisition Rules of the Road: Selecting High-Speed Differential ADC Drivers.
Interested in being Federal Acquisition Service commissioner, but haven't gotten around to polishing that resume.
The General Services Administration formally announced July 30 that Mary Davie, assistant Federal Acquisition Service commissioner for Integrated Technology Services, will temporarily take over as acting FAS commissioner.

In science:

The data acquisition scheme for the hodoscope is shown in Fig. 7.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
Data acquisition was performed without standard electronic crates and modules, but with a single PGA chip and a high speed digital I/O board of a PC.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
The data acquisition scheme for the read-out of the hodoscope.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
The acquisition of three-dimensional data is still slow and is limited to proteins that either crystallize in a suitable form or are sufficiently small to be solved by NMR in solution .
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
This is because gains in interoperability simplify the acquisition of the data, and enable quick interoperation of a number of common, but computationally intensive, tasks such as cross matching and multi layer visualisation of both image and catalogue data.
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools