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Definitions of acquire

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. acquire or gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To gain or obtain, usually by one's own exertions; as, to acquire a habit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To gain: to attain to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To obtain; get as one's own; receive; gain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To gain by any means something which is in a degree permanent, or which becomes vested or inherent in the possessor. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To gain possession of something as one's own, as money or knowledge; to earn or attain. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. The action of buying or gaining the possession of property. thelawdictionary.org
  14. ak-kw[=i]r', v.t. to gain: to attain to.--n. ACQUIRABIL'ITY.--adj. ACQUIR'ABLE, that may be acquired.--ns. ACQUIRE'MENT, something learned or got by effort, rather than a gift of nature; ACQUISI'TION, the act of acquiring: that which is acquired.--adj. ACQUIS'ITIVE, desirous to acquire.--n. ACQUIS'ITIVENESS, propensity to acquire--one of the phrenologists' so-called faculties, with its special organ. [O. Fr. aquerre--L. acquir[)e]re, -quisitum--ad, to, and quær[)e]re, to seek.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Gain by oneself and for one self; (of qualities &c.) win (person a good name &c.); come into possession of; an acquired taste (not natural). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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