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.
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; Related forms
< Latin acquīrere
to add to one's possessions, acquire (ac- ac-
combining form of quaerere
to search for, obtain); replacing late Middle English aquere
< Middle French aquerre
preacquire, verb, preacquired, preacquiring.
reacquire, verb (used with object), reacquired, reacquiring.
win, earn, attain; appropriate.