acquire

[uh-kwahyuh r]

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.

Nearby words

  1. acquainted,
  2. acquest,
  3. acquiesce,
  4. acquiescence,
  5. acquiescent,
  6. acquired,
  7. acquired antibody,
  8. acquired behaviour,
  9. acquired character,
  10. acquired characteristic

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

SYNONYMS FOR acquire
1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.

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British Dictionary definitions for acquire

acquire

verb

(tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
Derived Formsacquirable, 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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Word Origin and History for acquire

acquire

v.

mid-15c., acqueren, from Old French aquerre "acquire, gain, earn, procure," from Vulgar Latin *acquaerere, from Latin acquirere "to seek in addition to" (see acquisition). Reborrowed in current form from Latin c.1600. Related: Acquired; acquiring.

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