- 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
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1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
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Examples from the Web for acquiring
The last federal position he held was Inmate--he served more than eight years for his inventive approach to acquiring money.Election Day In The Big Sleazy
November 2, 2014
You spend three or more hours per day reading about, acquiring or preparing certain kinds of food you believe to be “pure.”Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession
October 25, 2014
“Juan Carlos has always been slightly obsessed by acquiring money,” says one member of Madrid society.Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
August 18, 2014
Acquiring the first license and making the first sale Tuesday morning is crucial on several levels, he says.The Race to Become Washington State’s First (Legal) Weed Salesman
July 7, 2014
At least the old elites learned to sail and row while acquiring proof of their right to rule.We Need More Class Traitors: Solving America’s Meritocracy Problem
April 20, 2014
But the perception of "how to do it" is precisely what most of us have been acquiring.The Conquest of Fear
The expectation of acquiring a competent fortune did not last long.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Gauss also devoted much of his time to acquiring the ancient and modern languages.Heroes of the Telegraph
About every other method of acquiring the Christian experiences there is a "perhaps."Pax Vobiscum
As a preliminary to acquiring it is he to be shut out from the society of his fellows?Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
- (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 acquiring
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