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.
- ac·quir·a·ble, adjective
- ac·quir·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- ac·quir·er, noun
- pre·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, adjective
- un·ac·quir·a·ble, adjective
- un·ac·quired, adjective
- well-ac·quired, adjective
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How to use acquire in a sentence
And their anger has risen so high that they even propose to make the acquirer of these goods suffer very bitterly indeed.Raemaekers' Cartoons | Louis Raemaekers
Yes, if the acquirer has any such capacities as we have just outlined.The Art of Public Speaking | Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
But his chief celebrity was as an acquirer of those of others, provided always that they were old enough or rare enough.The Book-Hunter in London | William Roberts
I pointed it out to Lincoln; but he missed it, and Mr Whelan was the acquirer.The Confessions of a Collector | William Carew Hazlitt
One item my agent missed, and I had to hunt down the acquirer, who gave it up to me at a trifling advance.The Confessions of a Collector | William Carew Hazlitt
British Dictionary definitions for acquire
(tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
- acquirable, adjective
- acquirement, noun
- acquirer, noun
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