Definitions for: Acquire


[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ac*quire", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acquired; p. pr. &
vb. n. Acquiring.] [L. acquirere, acquisitum; ad + quarere
to seek for. In OE. was a verb aqueren, fr. the same, through
OF. aquerre. See Quest..]
To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own;
as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad
habits.

No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step.
--Barrow.

Descent is the title whereby a man, on the death of his
ancestor, acquires his estate, by right of
representation, as his heir at law. --Blackstone.

Syn: To obtain; gain; attain; procure; win; earn; secure. See
Obtain.

Synonyms: adopt, assume, develop, get, get, grow, produce, take, take on

See Also: accept, benefit, borrow, bring in, buy, call for, capture, catch, change, change, charter, clear, collect, come by, come into, come up, come upon, cut, earn, engage, enter upon, express, extract, feather, fledge, gain, garner, gather up, get back, get hold, get up, glom, have, hire, inherit, isolate, leaf, lease, line up, luck into, make, partake, partake in, pick up, pod, poll, preempt, press out, profit, pull in, pupate, purchase, realise, realize, re-assume, reclaim, recoup, recover, recuperate, regain, regrow, rent, repossess, retrieve, share, spring, sprout, stool, take, take in, teethe, tiller, turn, win, win back, work up

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