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acquire

[uh-kwahyuh r]
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verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.
  1. to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.
  2. to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.
  3. Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
  4. Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
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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
Related formsac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveac·quir·a·bil·i·ty, nounac·quir·er, nounpre·ac·quire, verb, pre·ac·quired, pre·ac·quir·ing.re·ac·quire, verb (used with object), re·ac·quired, re·ac·quir·ing.self-ac·quired, adjectiveun·ac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·quired, adjectivewell-ac·quired, adjective

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1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
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acquire

verb
  1. (tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
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Derived Formsacquirable, adjectiveacquirement, nounacquirer, noun

Word Origin

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

acquire

v.

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.

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