verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.
- acquired antibody,
- acquired behaviour,
- acquired character,
- acquired characteristic
Origin of acquire
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.
Every question—for services to buy or advice to acquire—comes with a number.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline|Tim Teeman|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We have been and will continue to work to acquire the drugs in accordance with the law,” McNaughton said via email.
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|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lizzie Crocker|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To acquire more and more of it was an obsession with some of them.The Stronghold|Miriam Haynie
There is only one method for any man to acquire even this proximate skill; and that requires long and patient practice.The Leopard Woman|Stewart Edward White
The houses seemed to acquire from the gray and silver web of October enchantment a mysterious immensity.Carnival|Compton Mackenzie
It seemed to him a most worthy thing to acquire their favor, and he wondered when it would be his turn to fall really in love.
Go among women with the good qualities of your sex, and you will acquire from them the softness and the graces of theirs.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son|The Earl of Chesterfield
Word Origin for acquire
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.