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acquire

[uh-kwahyuh r] /əˈkwaɪər/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
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  • 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.
  • As there, so in their reading, the process must be gradual of acquiring an inbred monitor to reject the evil and choose the good.
  • Facing shrinking retirement savings, older workers are acquiring the skills they need to take on new careers.
  • The need to go on acquiring more and more material stuff is destroying us as individuals and as a species.
  • People tend to choose avoiding losses over acquiring gains-a behavior known as loss-aversion.
  • She further argues that there is a value-added in acquiring these higher-order integrative skills.
  • But, if you are carrying around a bag of coins, acquiring another one does not seem nearly as exciting.
British Dictionary definitions for acquiring

acquire

/əˈkwaɪə/
verb
1.
(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 acquiring

acquire

v.

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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