Acquire



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.
Contemporary Examples

“We have been and will continue to work to acquire the drugs in accordance with the law,” McNaughton said via email.
Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco Christopher Moraff September 17, 2014

It quickly became clear that in order to get organized The Martha Way, I was going to have to acquire a few key items.
Univ. of Martha Doree Shafrir August 2, 2009

A year later, Comcast took a big swing, offering to acquire Disney for $53 billion.
Will Stars Align for Comcast and NBC? Kim Masters September 30, 2009

Maybe this is because they don’t realize how cheaply they can acquire bare-bones coverage.
Are Young, Single Adults Expecting Obamacare to Cost So Much? Megan McArdle June 3, 2013

Six years ago, a group of private-equity funds outbid Time Warner to acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for more than $5 billion.
Why No One Wants Miramax Peter Lauria April 5, 2010

Historical Examples

And he told her how he had come to acquire the brass bottle.
The Brass Bottle F. Anstey

If a chap’s not born with the gift he’s an ass to think he can acquire it.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

To acquire creditors is not at the disposure of each man’s arbitrament.
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. Francois Rabelais

I have no idea that he will ever acquire the reputation of a great statesman.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

Galleries and private collectors have acquired what little of his work was left to acquire.
The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell

verb
(transitive) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
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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