verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.
Origin of acquire
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.
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|DailyBurn|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Juan Carlos has always been slightly obsessed by acquiring money,” says one member of Madrid society.
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|Abby Haglage|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jedediah Purdy|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cities generally succeeded in acquiring the right to govern themselves and obtained a charter to that effect.A Source Book for Mediaeval History|Oliver J. Thatcher
Only in his mature age he found opportunities of acquiring a more profound knowledge of Hebrew.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)|Heinrich Graetz
And as time goes on you succeed in acquiring the easy manner of a brigand.Lifted Masks|Susan Glaspell
The only form in which a cession can be effected is an agreement embodied in a treaty between the ceding and the acquiring State.International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2)|Lassa Francis Oppenheim
He had half ruin'd Miss Read's Father by acquiring his note he bound for him.Benjamin Franklin|Frank Luther Mott
British Dictionary definitions for acquiring
Word Origin for acquire
Word Origin and History for acquiring
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.