- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- (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
Word Origin and History for unacquirable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper