[ uh-kwahyuh r ]
/ əˈkwaɪər /
verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.
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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM acquire
ac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveac·quir·a·bil·i·ty, nounac·quir·er, nounpre·ac·quire, verb, pre·ac·quired, pre·ac·quir·ing.
re·ac·quire, verb (used with object), re·ac·quired, re·ac·quir·ing.self-ac·quired, adjectiveun·ac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·quired, adjectivewell-ac·quired, adjective
Words nearby acquire
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Example sentences 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.
British Dictionary definitions for acquirable
/ (əˈkwaɪə) /
(tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
Derived forms of acquireacquirable, adjectiveacquirement, nounacquirer, noun
Word Origin for acquire
C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek
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