Definitions for acquireəˈkwaɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•quire*əˈkwaɪər(v.t.)-quired, -quir•ing.

  1. to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own.

  2. to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts:

    to acquire learning.

  3. to gain through experience of or exposure to something:

    an acquired taste.

  4. Ling. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  5. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.

    Category: Military

* Syn: See get.

Origin of acquire:

1400–50; < L acquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire

ac•quir′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. get, acquire(verb)

    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"

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. acquire(verb)

    locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar

  5. acquire, win, gain(verb)

    win something through one's efforts

    "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"

  6. learn, larn, acquire(verb)

    gain knowledge or skills

    "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"

  7. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. acquire(verb)əˈkwaɪər

    to get or obtain

    We're acquiring three new properties.

  2. acquireəˈkwaɪər

    to learn or develop

    to acquire knowledge; an acquired taste

Wiktionary

  1. acquire(Verb)

    To get.

  2. acquire(Verb)

    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.

  3. Origin: From aqueren, from aquerre, from adquaerere; ad + quaero. See quest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acquire(verb)

    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

Freebase

  1. Acquire

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acquire' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4430

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acquire' in Verbs Frequency: #307


Translations for acquire

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

acquire(verb)

to get

He acquired a knowledge of English.

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