to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.
to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.
Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
Origin: 1400–50; < Latinacquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire (ac-ac- + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to search for, obtain); replacing late Middle Englishaquere < Middle Frenchaquerre < Latin
preacquire, verb, preacquired, preacquiring.
reacquire, verb (used with object), reacquired, reacquiring.
Synonyms 1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.