Definition of Acquire

1. Verb. Come into the possession of something concrete or abstract. "The children acquire the ball"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

2. Verb. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect. "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
Exact synonyms: Adopt, Assume, Take, Take On
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Re-assume

3. Verb. Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes). "Well-developed breasts"
Exact synonyms: Develop, Get, Grow, Produce
Specialized synonyms: Feather, Fledge, Regrow, Spring, Sprout, Stock, Stool, Tiller, Leaf, Pod, Teethe, Pupate, Get Up, Work Up, Cut
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Develop, Evolve
Derivative terms: Development, Getting

4. Verb. Locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar.
Generic synonyms: Locate, Situate

5. Verb. Win something through one's efforts. "They acquire the money "; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
Exact synonyms: Gain, Win
Generic synonyms: Get
Specialized synonyms: Cozen
Derivative terms: Gainer, Win, Winner, Winner, Winning, Winnings
Antonyms: Lose

6. Verb. Gain knowledge or skills. "They acquire to move "; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
Exact synonyms: Larn, Learn
Specialized synonyms: Relearn, Catch Up, Absorb, Assimilate, Ingest, Take In, Hit The Books, Study
Derivative terms: Acquisition, Acquisition, Learner, Learner

7. Verb. Gain through experience. "Develop a passion for painting"
Exact synonyms: Develop, Evolve
Related verbs: Develop, Get, Grow, Produce, Develop, Develop, Explicate, Formulate, Develop
Generic synonyms: Change
Derivative terms: Evolution

Definition of Acquire

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Acquire

1. Verb. To get. ¹

2. 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. ¹

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Definition of Acquire

1. to come into possession of [v -QUIRED, -QUIRING, -QUIRES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Acquire

acquire (current term)
acquired agammaglobulinaemia
acquired centric relation
acquired character
acquired cuticle
acquired drives
acquired eccentric relation
acquired epileptic aphasia
acquired haemolytic anaemia
acquired haemolytic icterus
acquired hemochromatosis
acquired hyperlipidaemia
acquired hyperlipoproteinaemia

Literary usage of Acquire

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"a lighted cigar and the paper will acquire a chestnut-brown color like that of the deu- ... To acquire knowledge and power for successful hermetic labors, ..."

2. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1888)
"The virtuous .n therefore, in my opinion, and not the vicious man, will make the wise judge. it virtue, in a well-instructed nature, will in time acquire I ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: From by Francis Vesey, Great Britain Court of Chancery (1827)
"Suppose a person transported returns to this Country, having suffered the sentence: is it clear, that he can acquire no * property (91)? ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"13-' Г. S. The first step to acquire land has, in Texas, with the exception of the case at bar. been recognized as creating an equity that will support suit ..."

5. Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1900)
"His spirit was that of a Crusader, and his aim was not to discover a New World (an idea which seems never once to have entered his head), but to acquire the ..."

6. The Confessions of S. Augustine: Book I-X. by Augustine (1886)
"CHAPTER V. That the motive to sin lies not in mere love of evil, but in the desire to acquire something. FOR there is a beauty in fair bodies, ..."

7. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"The same want of tact lies in speaking of a man in his presence, owing to the danger of going to one of two extremes : flattery or censure. cxviii acquire ..."

8. Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1886)
"... should be" carefully regarded; a little practice will enable one to acquire that habit of reading the hexameter, which we may liken, roughly, ..."

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