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[uh-kwahyuh r] /əˈkwaɪər/
verb (used with object), acquired, acquiring.
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 of acquire
late Middle English
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
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acquires
  • But add something from your own garden to the supermarket mix, and suddenly the whole bouquet acquires more character.
  • The second is ontological: how an individual human acquires the power of speech and understanding.
  • The second is developmental: how an individual human acquires the power of speech and understanding.
  • Culture also acquires a section, which provides an excuse to write about ageing rock stars.
  • Once the material has cooled and hardened, it acquires mechanical strength from its composite structure.
  • Once a furry inmate acquires a taste for human flesh, the theory went, it can never be trusted again.
  • Lastly, once the government wades too far into something, it acquires a vested stake in the status quo.
  • For by virtuous conduct one acquires the threefold knowledge, but gets no further.
  • All the virtues that a prince acquires are so many misfortunes to the wicked.
  • acquires reliably and routes quickly form a cold start.
British Dictionary definitions for acquires


(transitive) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
Derived Forms
acquirable, adjective
acquirement, noun
acquirer, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek
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Word Origin and History for acquires



mid-15c., acqueren, from Old French aquerre "acquire, gain, earn, procure," from Vulgar Latin *acquaerere, from Latin acquirere "to seek in addition to" (see acquisition). Reborrowed in current form from Latin c.1600. Related: Acquired; acquiring.

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