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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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  • He is forbidden by law and thus he acquires glamour and romance.

  • Bodhi tree, the tree under which Buddha acquires enlightenment.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • He acquires greater skill because practice of skill is more important to him than practice for skill.

  • Before it acquires color half a pound of Carolina rice is added.

  • We shall again meet with this consideration relatively to the integral calculus, where it acquires a preponderant importance.

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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