• Acquire


    • IPA: /əˈkwaɪɚ/
    • Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)


    From Middle English aqueren, from Old French aquerre, from Latin adquaerere; ad + quaerere (""). See quest.

    Full definition of acquire


    1. (transitive) To get.
    2. (transitive) 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.
      • Isaac Barrow (1630-1677)No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step.
      • William Blackstone (1723-1780)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.
      • 1922, Michael Arlen, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days Chapter 3/19/2, Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house ; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something ; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.


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