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 acquires
Facebook, in effect, already is selling the businesses it acquires to others.
Wes acquires a hat, ring, heart stones, flowers, his baby blanket, a cloth angel, photographs.
And there is no question that once he acquires it, history shifts immediately.
That imbalance will continue even if and when Iran acquires nuclear capability.
In his commentary, Hondros offered a wrenching assessment of war—and one that acquires a bitter poignancy following his death.
Number is intellectual evidence belonging to man alone; by it he acquires knowledge of the Word.The Works of Honor de Balzac|Honor de Balzac
It is in the course of actual service, and in no other way, that he acquires his professional fitness for commanding fleets.Practical Essays|Alexander Bain
This name was used for the tail of the larval ray when it acquires median fin-folds.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)|David Starr Jordan
Should she toil on for ever, she cannot possess what she acquires, nor lay out the smallest part of it, without another's leave.The College, the Market, and the Court|Caroline H. Dall
There it acquires a strong mouldy smell, which, indeed, goes off in some degree by exposure to the air.Austria|Frederick Shoberl
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.