acquire

[uh-kwahyuhr]
verb (used with object), acquired, acquiring.
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.

Origin:
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

acquirable, adjective
acquirability, noun
acquirer, noun
preacquire, verb, preacquired, preacquiring.
reacquire, verb (used with object), reacquired, reacquiring.
self-acquired, adjective
unacquirable, adjective
unacquired, adjective
well-acquired, adjective


1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
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acquire (əˈkwaɪə)
 
vb
(tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek]
 
ac'quirable
 
adj
 
ac'quirement
 
n
 
ac'quirer
 
n

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acquire
mid-15c., from O.Fr. aquerre, from L. acquirere "to seek in addition to" (see acquisition).

acquired
c.1600, "gained by effort," see acquire. Acquired taste is attested from 1858.
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acquired ac·quired (ə-kwīrd')
adj.

  1. Of or relating to a disease, condition, or characteristic that is not congenital but develops after birth.

  2. Developed in response to an antigen, as resistance to a disease by vaccination or previous infection.

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