- 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
Synonyms for acquire
Related Words for acquiresamass, earn, buy, get, win, gain, have, collect, promote, achieve, take, cop, land, secure, annex, gather, procure, wangle, snag, access
Examples from the Web for acquires
Contemporary Examples of acquires
Facebook, in effect, already is selling the businesses it acquires to others.Silicon Valley Thinks You’re a Fool
April 2, 2014
Wes acquires a hat, ring, heart stones, flowers, his baby blanket, a cloth angel, photographs.Inside a Home Funeral
Melissa Roberts Weidman
February 5, 2013
And there is no question that once he acquires it, history shifts immediately.What Bibi Said In the Run-Up To Iraq
September 20, 2012
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
February 21, 2012
That imbalance will continue even if and when Iran acquires nuclear capability.Iran Blusters but Israel Has the Edge
September 28, 2011
Historical Examples of acquires
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
William H. Dooley
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