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.
I have heard it said that the more memories one acquires, the less room the mind has for conscious thought.
The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks Max Brooks January 13, 2011
And there is no question that once he acquires it, history shifts immediately.
What Bibi Said In the Run-Up To Iraq Ali Gharib September 19, 2012
That imbalance will continue even if and when Iran acquires nuclear capability.
Iran Blusters but Israel Has the Edge Bruce Riedel September 27, 2011
In his commentary, Hondros offered a wrenching assessment of war—and one that acquires a bitter poignancy following his death.
Libya War Photographers’ Final Hours David A. Graham April 20, 2011
Some expect Comcast to lead the charge if it acquires control of NBC Universal, which seems likely.
Meet the Movie Theater of the Future Kim Masters November 11, 2009
He is forbidden by law and thus he acquires glamour and romance.
Seductio Ad Absurdum Emily Hahn
Bodhi tree, the tree under which Buddha acquires enlightenment.
The Buddha Paul Carus
He acquires greater skill because practice of skill is more important to him than practice for skill.
Human Nature and Conduct John Dewey
Before it acquires color half a pound of Carolina rice is added.
American Cookery Various
We shall again meet with this consideration relatively to the integral calculus, where it acquires a preponderant importance.
The philosophy of mathematics Auguste Comte
(transitive) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
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.
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. […]
- Acquis communautaire
noun the body of law accumulated by the European Union Often shortened to acquis
the act of or gaining possession: the acquisition of real estate. something ; addition: public excitement about the museum’s recent acquisitions. the purchase of one business enterprise by another: the acquisition of a rival corporation; mergers and acquisitions. Linguistics. the act or process of achieving mastery of a language or a linguistic rule or element: […]
- Acquisition accounting
noun an accounting procedure in which the assets of a company that has recently been taken over are changed from the book value to the fair market value