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).
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Example sentences
The fires burn downward, acquiring air through fissures in rock and microscopic
  spaces between grains of dirt.
But now in divers fashions the animal kingdom was acquiring the power of
  supplying its own moisture where it was needed.
The process of acquiring speech is, in sober fact, an utterly different sort of
  thing from the process of learning to walk.
He was possessed by a veritable rage for acquiring and storing up knowledge.
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