come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take(verb)
take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
"His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
grow, develop, produce, get, acquire(verb)
come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
"He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"
locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
acquire, win, gain(verb)
win something through one's efforts
"I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
learn, larn, acquire(verb)
gain knowledge or skills
"She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
develop, acquire, evolve(verb)
gain through experience
"I acquired a strong aversion to television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"
To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own, as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad habits.
Origin: From aqueren, from aquerre, from adquaerere; ad + quaero. See quest.
to gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own; as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad habits
Acquire is a board game designed by Sid Sackson. The game was originally published in 1962 by 3M as a part of their bookshelf games series. In most versions, the theme of the game is investing in hotel chains. In the 1990s Hasbro edition, the hotel chains were replaced by generic corporations, though the actual gameplay was unchanged. The game is currently published by Hasbro under the Avalon Hill brand, and the companies are once again hotel chains. The object of the game is to earn the most money by developing and merging hotel chains. When a chain in which a player owns stock is acquired by a larger chain, players earn money based on the size of the acquired chain. At the end of the game, all players liquidate their stock in order to determine which player has the most money.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ak-kwīr′, v.t. to gain: to attain to.—n. Acquirabil′ity.—adj. Acquir′able, that may be acquired.—ns. Acquire′ment, something learned or got by effort, rather than a gift of nature; Acquisi′tion, the act of acquiring: that which is acquired.—adj. Acquis′itive, desirous to acquire.—n. Acquis′itiveness, propensity to acquire—one of the phrenologists' so-called faculties, with its special organ. [O. Fr. aquerre—L. acquirĕre, -quisitum—ad, to, and quærĕre, to seek.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'acquire' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4430
Rank popularity for the word 'acquire' in Verbs Frequency: #307
The numerical value of acquire in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of acquire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
To acquire knowledge, one must study but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
You need to be very mindful that you are dealing with declared assets (to tax authorities), who would be willing to acquire assets that are noncompliant.
There is a benefit in being part of the engineering culture in the Valley ... a different sort of skill set that you acquire from being in senior positions or being around such a dense population of startups.
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Translations for acquire
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- спечелвам, придобивам, постигамBulgarian
- adquirirCatalan, Valencian
- akquirieren, erwerbenGerman
- adquirir, obtenerSpanish
- به دست آوردنPersian
- 獲得, 得るJapanese
- opdoen, verwerven, verkrijgenDutch
- пости́гнуть, приобрести́, овладева́ть, пости́чь, постига́ть, приобрета́ть, овладе́тьRussian
- stȅći, сте̏ћиSerbo-Croatian
- skaffa, uppköpa, förvärva, få, införskaffaSwedish
- đạt được, giành được, thu đượcVietnamese
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