- to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.
- to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.
- Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
- Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
Origin of acquire
1400–50; < Latin acquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire (ac- ac- + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to search for, obtain); replacing late Middle English aquere < Middle French aquerre < Latin
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1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
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Examples from the Web for acquire
But none of them managed to be able to acquire the weapons or the bomb materials to carry out either event.Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS
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November 20, 2014
“We have been and will continue to work to acquire the drugs in accordance with the law,” McNaughton said via email.Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco
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Dodge did acquire the collection, and now his own runs to 125 bicycles, dating from 1820 to 1920.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
September 15, 2014
According to media reports, Amazon, 21st Century Fox, Hearst, and Condé Nast are all vying to acquire StyleHaul.Inside StyleHaul, the Largest Fashion Network on YouTube You’ve Never Heard Of
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If a chap's not born with the gift he's an ass to think he can acquire it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I have no idea that he will ever acquire the reputation of a great statesman.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose.
That at least is his, notwithstanding the millions he might have possessed if he had only known how to acquire them.The Conquest of Fear
One cannot acquire it, except by surrendering everything that one has.De Profundis
- (tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek
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Word Origin and History for acquire
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