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
Acquirers either obtain by consent, or appropriate without consent.
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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