Definition of Acquire in English :

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Acquire meaning in English

Meaning of Acquire in English

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1. acquire, get

come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

Example Sentences:
'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. acquire, adopt, assume, take, take on

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Example Sentences:
'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. acquire, develop, get, grow, produce

come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

Example Sentences:
'He grew a beard'
'The patient developed abdominal pains'
'I got funny spots all over my body'
'Well-developed breasts'

4. acquire

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

5. acquire, gain, win

win something through one's efforts

Example Sentences:
'I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese'
'Gain an understanding of international finance'

6. acquire, larn, learn

gain knowledge or skills

Example Sentences:
'She learned dancing from her sister'
'I learned Sanskrit'
'Children acquire language at an amazing rate'

7. acquire, develop, evolve

gain through experience

Example Sentences:
'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'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of acquire
to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently

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verb transitiveWord forms: acˈquired or acˈquiring
to get or gain by one's own efforts or actions
to acquire an education
to come to have as one's own; get possession of
to acquire certain traits

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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tr.v. ac·quired, ac·quir·ing, ac·quires
1. To gain possession of: acquire 100 shares of stock.
2. To get by one's own efforts: acquire proficiency in math.
3. To gain through experience; come by: acquired a growing dislike of television sitcoms.
4. To locate (a target) with an aiming device or a tracking system, such as radar.

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