- 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 acquirable
The Mir was indefatigable, active, inquiring, and desirous of obtaining knowledge in every acquirable shape.The Thistle and the Cedar of Lebanon
Habeeb Risk Allah
It is in itself a proof that men think social virtue to be acquirable and acquired.
- (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 acquirable
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