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ac·quire

 (ə-kwīr′)
tr.v. ac·quired, ac·quir·ing, ac·quires
1. To gain possession of: acquire 100 shares of stock.
2. To get by one's own efforts: acquire proficiency in math.
3. To gain through experience; come by: acquired a growing dislike of television sitcoms.
4. To locate (a target) with an aiming device or a tracking system, such as radar.

[Middle English acquere, from Old French aquerre, from Latin acquīrere, to add to : ad-, ad- + quaerere, to seek, get.]

ac·quir′a·ble adj.
ac·quir′er n.

acquire

(əˈkwaɪə)
vb
(tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
[C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek]
acˈquirable adj
acˈquirement n
acˈquirer n

ac•quire

(əˈkwaɪər)

v.t. -quired, -quir•ing.
1. to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own.
2. to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.
3. to gain through experience of or exposure to something: an acquired taste.
4. Ling. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
5. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
[1400–50; < Latin acquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire]
ac•quir′a•ble, adj.
ac•quir`a•bil′i•ty, n.
ac•quir′er, n.
syn: See get.

acquire

1. When applied to acquisition radars, the process of detecting the presence and location of a target in sufficient detail to permit identification.
2. When applied to tracking radars, the process of positioning a radar beam so that a target is in that beam to permit the effective employment of weapons. See also target acquisition.

acquire


Past participle: acquired
Gerund: acquiring

Imperative
acquire
acquire
Present
I acquire
you acquire
he/she/it acquires
we acquire
you acquire
they acquire
Preterite
I acquired
you acquired
he/she/it acquired
we acquired
you acquired
they acquired
Present Continuous
I am acquiring
you are acquiring
he/she/it is acquiring
we are acquiring
you are acquiring
they are acquiring
Present Perfect
I have acquired
you have acquired
he/she/it has acquired
we have acquired
you have acquired
they have acquired
Past Continuous
I was acquiring
you were acquiring
he/she/it was acquiring
we were acquiring
you were acquiring
they were acquiring
Past Perfect
I had acquired
you had acquired
he/she/it had acquired
we had acquired
you had acquired
they had acquired
Future
I will acquire
you will acquire
he/she/it will acquire
we will acquire
you will acquire
they will acquire
Future Perfect
I will have acquired
you will have acquired
he/she/it will have acquired
we will have acquired
you will have acquired
they will have acquired
Future Continuous
I will be acquiring
you will be acquiring
he/she/it will be acquiring
we will be acquiring
you will be acquiring
they will be acquiring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been acquiring
you have been acquiring
he/she/it has been acquiring
we have been acquiring
you have been acquiring
they have been acquiring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been acquiring
you will have been acquiring
he/she/it will have been acquiring
we will have been acquiring
you will have been acquiring
they will have been acquiring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been acquiring
you had been acquiring
he/she/it had been acquiring
we had been acquiring
you had been acquiring
they had been acquiring
Conditional
I would acquire
you would acquire
he/she/it would acquire
we would acquire
you would acquire
they would acquire
Past Conditional
I would have acquired
you would have acquired
he/she/it would have acquired
we would have acquired
you would have acquired
they would have acquired
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.acquire - come into the possession of something concrete or abstractacquire - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
isolate - obtain in pure form; "The chemist managed to isolate the compound"
incur, obtain, receive, get, find - receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
get back, win back - recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost; "We got back the money after we threatened to sue the company"; "He got back his son from the kidnappers"
press out, express, extract - obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action; "Italians express coffee rather than filter it"
capture, catch - capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
come into, come by - obtain, especially accidentally
buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store"
charter, hire, rent, lease, engage, take - engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
receive, have - get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"
turn - get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year"
buy - acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange; "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"
find - obtain through effort or management; "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"
glom - seize upon or latch onto something; "The Republicans glommed onto Whitewater"
enter upon, luck into, come upon - take possession of; "She entered upon the estate of her rich relatives"
get hold, line up, find, come up - get something or somebody for a specific purpose; "I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener"; "I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing"; "The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter"
accept, take, have - receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"
recover, regain, retrieve, find - get or find back; recover the use of; "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"
catch - get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"
recuperate, recoup, recover - regain or make up for; "recuperate one's losses"
reclaim, repossess - claim back
regain, find - come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
gain, win, acquire - win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
earn, realise, pull in, bring in, realize, gain, make, take in, clear - earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"
garner, earn - acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
benefit, profit, gain - derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast experience"
partake, partake in, share - have, give, or receive a share of; "We shared the cake"
preempt - acquire for oneself before others can do so
preempt - gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)
gather up, pick up, call for, collect - gather or collect; "You can get the results on Monday"; "She picked up the children at the day care center"; "They pick up our trash twice a week"
inherit - obtain from someone after their death; "I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"
borrow - get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?"
pick up - get in addition, as an increase; "The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"
get - acquire as a result of some effort or action; "You cannot get water out of a stone"; "Where did she get these news?"
poll - get the votes of
2.acquire - take on a certain form, attribute, or aspectacquire - take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
re-assume - take on again, as after a time lapse; "He re-assumed his old behavior"
3.acquire - come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)acquire - come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"
fledge, feather - grow feathers; "The young sparrows are fledging already"
regrow - grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption; "parts of the trunk of this tree can regrow"; "some invertebrates can regrow limbs or their tail after they lost it due to an injury"
spring - develop suddenly; "The tire sprang a leak"
sprout, stock - put forth and grow sprouts or shoots; "the plant sprouted early this year"
tiller, stool - grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
leaf - produce leaves, of plants
pod - produce pods, of plants
teethe - grow teeth; cut the baby teeth; "The little one is teething now"
pupate - develop into a pupa; "the insect larva pupate"
work up, get up - develop; "we worked up an as of an appetite"
cut - have grow through the gums; "The baby cut a tooth"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
develop, evolve, acquire - gain through experience; "I acquired a strong aversion to television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"
4.acquire - locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radaracquire - locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
situate, locate - determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey; "Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space"; "Locate the boundaries of the property"
5.acquire - win something through one's effortsacquire - win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
cozen - cheat or trick; "He cozened the money out of the old man"
6.acquire - gain knowledge or skillsacquire - gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
relearn - learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it; "After the accident, he could not walk for months and had to relearn how to walk down stairs"
catch up - learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened; "I'm trying to catch up with the latest developments in molecular biology"
assimilate, ingest, absorb, take in - take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
hit the books, study - learn by reading books; "He is studying geology in his room"; "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books now"
7.acquire - gain through experience; "I acquired a strong aversion to television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"
acquire, develop, produce, grow, get - come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
develop - elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; "develop the melody and change the key"
formulate, explicate, develop - elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
develop - generate gradually; "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"

acquire

verb
2. learn, pick up, master, grasp, attain, imbibe I've never acquired a taste for wine.

acquire

verb
1. To come into possession of:
Informal: land, pick up.
2. To come gradually to have:
Translations
يَكْتَسِب،يُحَقِّق
získat
erhvervetilegne sig
akiri
omandama
szert tesz
afla sér
godumasgodusįgijimasįgytipirkinys
apgūtiegūt
kupitipridobitipriti do

acquire

[əˈkwaɪəʳ] VT [+ possessions] (= get) → adquirir, obtener; (= manage to get) → conseguir; [+ habit, reputation, native language] → adquirir; [+ foreign language] → aprender; [+ territory] → tomar posesión de; [+ colour, tint] → adquirir, tomar
where did you acquire that?¿dónde conseguiste eso?
I seem to have acquired a strange umbrellaparece que he tomado el paraguas de otro
to acquire a name for honestyganarse fama de honrado
see also taste A5

acquire

[əˈkwaɪər] vt
[+ property, goods] → acquérir, faire l'acquisition de; [+ company] → acquérir
[+ skill] → acquérir
[+ habit, reputation] → acquérir
[+ reputation] → acquérir

acquire

vterwerben; (by dubious means) → sich (dat)aneignen; habitannehmen; I see he has acquired a secretary/wifewie ich sehe, hat er sich eine Sekretärin/Frau angeschafft (inf); he acquired a fine taner hat eine gute Farbe bekommen; where did you acquire that?woher hast du das?; to acquire a taste/liking for somethingGeschmack/Gefallen an etw (dat)finden; once you’ve acquired a taste for itwenn du erst mal auf den Geschmack gekommen bist; caviar is an acquired tasteKaviar ist (nur) für Kenner; acquired (Psych) → erworben; acquired characteristics (Biol) → erworbene Eigenschaften pl

acquire

[əˈkwaɪəʳ] vt (possessions, territory, knowledge) → acquisire; (language) → apprendere; (habit) → contrarre, prendere; (reputation) → farsi
to acquire a taste for → prender gusto a

acquire

(əˈkwaiə) verb
to get. He acquired a knowledge of English.
acquisition (ӕkwiˈziʃən) noun
1. the act of acquiring. the acquisition of more land.
2. something acquired. Her recent acquisitions included a piano.
acquisitive (əˈkwizətiv) adjective
eager to get possessions. an acquisitive child.
acˈquisitiveness noun

acquire

vt. adquirir, obtener, conseguir.

acquire

vt adquirir
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When after two years of that life I found she had managed to acquire three other lov- ers who came regularly to our house when I was away at work, I didn't want to touch them or her.
They acquire a look which an artist(if he have anything like the complacency of artists nowadays) would never dream of presenting to a patron as his own characteristic expression, but which, nevertheless, we at once recognize as reflecting the unlovely truth of a human soul.
Nothing is too small or too trifling to undergo this change, and acquire dignity thereby.
Accustomed, for many years, to regard his master's property as his own care, Tom saw, with an uneasiness he could scarcely repress, the wasteful expenditure of the establishment; and, in the quiet, indirect way which his class often acquire, would sometimes make his own suggestions.
He said that between fools and guide-books, a man could acquire ignorance enough in twenty-four hours in a country like this to last him a year.
The other pirates envied him this majestic vice, and secretly resolved to acquire it shortly.
He has had great faults, faults of inconsideration and thoughtlessness; and I am very much of his opinion in thinking him likely to be happier than he deserves: but still as he is, beyond a doubt, really attached to Miss Fairfax, and will soon, it may be hoped, have the advantage of being constantly with her, I am very ready to believe his character will improve, and acquire from hers the steadiness and delicacy of principle that it wants.
Me, she had dispensed from joining the group; saying, "She regretted to be under the necessity of keeping me at a distance; but that until she heard from Bessie, and could discover by her own observation, that I was endeavouring in good earnest to acquire a more sociable and childlike disposition, a more attractive and sprightly manner-- something lighter, franker, more natural, as it were--she really must exclude me from privileges intended only for contented, happy, little children.
I perceive that people in these regions acquire over people in towns the value that a spider in a dungeon does over a spider in a cottage, to their various occupants; and yet the deepened attraction is not entirely owing to the situation of the looker-on.
He always sat in a particular corner, on a particular stool, which was called 'Dick', after him; here he would sit, with his grey head bent forward, attentively listening to whatever might be going on, with a profound veneration for the learning he had never been able to acquire.
I never knew Joe to remember anything from one Sunday to another, or to acquire, under my tuition, any piece of information whatever.
Ulrica,'' said Cedric, ``with a heart which still, I fear, regrets the lost reward of thy crimes, as much as the deeds by which thou didst acquire that meed, how didst thou dare to address thee to one who wears this robe?