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acquire

[ uh-kwahyuhr ]
/ əˈkwaɪər /
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verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.

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.

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Origin of acquire

1400–50; from 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 from Middle French aquerre from Latin
1. See get.
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British Dictionary definitions for acquire

acquire
/ (əˈkwaɪə) /

verb

(tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
acquirable, adjectiveacquirement, nounacquirer, noun
C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek
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