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acquire

verb
ac·​quire | \ ə-ˈkwī(-ə)r How to pronounce acquire (audio) \
acquired; acquiring

Definition of acquire

transitive verb

1 : to get as one's own:
a : to come into possession or control of often by unspecified means acquire property The team acquired three new players this year.
b : to come to have as a new or added characteristic, trait, or ability (as by sustained effort or natural selection) acquire fluency in French bacteria that acquire tolerance to antibiotics
2 : to locate and hold (a desired object) in a detector acquire a target by radar

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Examples of acquire in a Sentence

The two ships were acquired by the navy after the war. The team acquired three new players this year. The old word has acquired a new meaning. This apparently minor event has acquired increasing significance in recent weeks. He is studying the way that language is acquired by children.
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Recent Examples on the Web In 2006, Yang was named the CEO of Manhattan Prep which was later acquired by Kaplan. Kendall Karson, ABC News, "Andrew Yang: Everything you need to know about the 2020 presidential candidate," 11 Feb. 2020 In 2014, Google acquired a company called Skybox Imagine and then rechristened it Terra Bella. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Secret Satellite Project," 2 Feb. 2020 Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. On June 20 it was announced that it had been acquired for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts from dealer Lee Siegelson. The Editors, Town & Country, "The 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Two trials are set to start Friday, one in Martinez, California, a suburb of San Francisco, and the other in St. Louis, where Monsanto Co. produced Roundup before the company was acquired by Bayer in 2018. Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg.com, "Bayer Roundup Deal Is Close as Claims Surge, Mediator Says," 16 Jan. 2020 In January 2020, the Sun-Times acquired texts from the lawsuit that suggest the relationship has gotten even more tense. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Did Windy City Rehab's Alison Victoria Cut Ties With Co-Star Donovan Eckhardt?," 14 Jan. 2020 Kennecott’s massive structures sat deserted for decades, until the Alaskan tourism market developed, and the site was declared a National Historic Landmark, much of it later acquired by the National Park Service. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Kennecott Mines: An Alaskan Ghost Town," 7 Jan. 2020 The inReach line used to be DeLorme, which was acquired by Garmin in 2016.

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First Known Use of acquire

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acquire

borrowed from Latin acquīrere, from ad- ad- + quaerere "to seek, gain, obtain, enquire"; replacing earlier aquere, going back to Middle English aqweren, borrowed from Anglo-French acquerre, going back to Vulgar Latin *acquaerere, restructuring (by restoring the vocalism of quaerere) of acquīrere — more at quest entry 1

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The first known use of acquire was in the 15th century

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“Acquire.” waleadership.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, http://waleadership.com/dictionary/acquire. Accessed 6 Mar. 2020.

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acquire

verb
How to pronounce acquire (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of acquire

formal : to get (something) : to come to own (something) : to come to have (something)
: to gain (a new skill, ability, etc.) usually by your own effort

acquire

verb
ac·​quire | \ ə-ˈkwīr How to pronounce acquire (audio) \
acquired; acquiring

Kids Definition of acquire

: to get especially through effort : gain acquire a skill
ac·​quire | \ ə-ˈkwī(ə)r How to pronounce acquire (audio) \
acquired; acquiring

Medical Definition of acquire

: to come to have as a new or additional characteristic, trait, or ability (as by sustained effort, by mutation, or through environmental forces) a cognitive system…that is acquired in early childhood— Noam Chomsky bacteria that acquire tolerance to antibiotics insects that acquire resistance to insecticides

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ac·​quire | \ ə-ˈkwīr How to pronounce acquire (audio) \
acquired; acquiring

Legal Definition of acquire

: to come into possession, ownership, or control of : obtain as one's own the target's directors don't want the company to be acquired— R. C. Clark the court acquired jurisdiction

Other Words from acquire

acquirer also acquiror \ ə-​ˈkwīr-​ər \ noun

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