- 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.
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
1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
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Examples from the Web for acquires
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Wes acquires a hat, ring, heart stones, flowers, his baby blanket, a cloth angel, photographs.Inside a Home Funeral
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And there is no question that once he acquires it, history shifts immediately.What Bibi Said In the Run-Up To Iraq
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Since the under-40s are less white than the over-65s, this battle between generations also acquires an unmistakable racial cast.David's Book Club: The Age of Austerity
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That imbalance will continue even if and when Iran acquires nuclear capability.Iran Blusters but Israel Has the Edge
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Mix this gradually into half a pound of rice flour, and then stir it over a gentle fire till it acquires the thickness of jelly.
Bodhi tree, the tree under which Buddha acquires enlightenment.The Buddha
In Babylonia, moreover, it acquires the force of vassal-king.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
In this it is worked for half an hour, when it acquires a deep blue color.Textiles
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Yet the jest, like the proverb, acquires a value by becoming current.
- (tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek
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Word Origin and History for acquires
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