acquire

To acquire means to get or come to own something. You acquire an education by your own effort. You acquire a painting by paying for it, or when someone gives it you. You acquire a sense of calm in crisis through experience.

The list of things you can acquire includes: an object, a trait, a skill, or an ability. An acquired taste is something that people usually don't like when they first experience it, but later they come to enjoy it, such as raw clams or marmite. The verb acquire was borrowed from Latin acquīrere "to add to," from the prefix ad- "at, toward" plus quaerere "to seek, get."

Primary Meanings of acquire

1.
v
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
2.
v
locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
Full Definitions of acquire
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v come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

“They acquired a new pet”
Synonyms:
get
find, get, incur, obtain, receive
receive a specified treatment (abstract)
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isolate
obtain in pure form
get back, win back
recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost
express, extract, press out
obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
capture, catch
capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
come by, come into
obtain, especially accidentally
buy, purchase
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
charter, engage, hire, lease, rent, take
engage for service under a term of contract
have, receive
get something; come into possession of
turn
get by buying and selling
buy
acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
find
obtain through effort or management
glom
seize upon or latch onto something
come upon, enter upon, luck into
take possession of
come up, find, get hold, line up
get something or somebody for a specific purpose
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered
obtain
come into possession of
find, recover, regain, retrieve
get or find back; recover the use of
catch
get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
recoup, recover, recuperate
regain or make up for
reclaim, repossess
claim back
find, regain
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
gain, win
win something through one's efforts
bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
earn, garner
acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
benefit, gain, profit
derive a benefit from
partake, partake in, share
have, give, or receive a share of
preempt
acquire for oneself before others can do so
preempt
gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)
call for, collect, gather up, pick up
gather or collect
inherit
obtain from someone after their death
borrow
get temporarily
pick up
get in addition, as an increase
get
acquire as a result of some effort or action
poll
get the votes of
preisolate
isolate beforehand
carry
secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
dig up, excavate, turn up
find by digging in the ground
ream
squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
frog
hunt frogs for food
bag
capture or kill, as in hunting
batfowl
catch birds by temporarily blinding them
rat
catch rats, especially with dogs
ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel, trap
catch in or as if in a trap
take in, take up
accept
extort, wring from
get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
kite
get credit or money by using a bad check
hit, stumble
encounter by chance
buy back, repurchase
buy what had previously been sold, lost, or given away
take
buy, select
get
purchase
subscribe, subscribe to, take
receive or obtain regularly
hustle
get by trying hard
accept
receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
fence
receive stolen goods
accept, admit, take, take on
admit into a group or community
welcome
accept gladly
honor, honour
accept as pay
source
get (a product) from another country or business
procure, secure
get by special effort
extract
get despite difficulties or obstacles
take out
obtain by legal or official process
get in, get into
secure a place in a college, university, etc.
eke out, squeeze out
obtain with difficulty
eke out, squeeze out
make by laborious and precarious means
access
obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
graduate
receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
bum, cadge, grub, mooch, sponge
ask for and get free; be a parasite
buy out, buy up, take over
take over ownership of; of corporations and companies
distrain
legally take something in place of a debt payment
foreclose
subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
profit, turn a profit
make a profit; gain money or materially
cash in on
take advantage of or capitalize on
profiteer
make an unreasonable profit, as on the sale of difficult to obtain goods
capitalise, capitalize, take advantage
draw advantages from
rake off
take money from an illegal transaction
feel
find by testing or cautious exploration
locate, turn up
discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike
find unexpectedly
pick up
buy casually or spontaneously
cozen
cheat or trick
bring home, take home
earn as a salary or wage
rake in, shovel in
earn large sums of money
letter
win an athletic letter
pyramid
enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts
clear, net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
gross
earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
bear, pay, yield
bring in
derive, gain
obtain
rout out, rout up
get or find by searching
cut in
allow someone to have a share or profit
inherit
receive by genetic transmission
shop
do one's shopping
buy food, take out
purchase prepared food to be eaten at home
adopt, borrow, take over, take up
take up and practice as one's own
snag
get by acting quickly and smartly
impulse-buy
buy on impulse without proper reflection
grab
obtain illegally or unscrupulously
catch up with, make up
make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point

v gain knowledge or skills

“Children acquire language at an amazing rate”
Synonyms:
larn, learn
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relearn
learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it
catch up
learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened
absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
take up mentally
hit the books, study
learn by reading books
imbibe
receive into the mind and retain
con, learn, memorise, memorize
commit to memory; learn by heart
bone, bone up, cram, drum, get up, grind away, mug up, swot, swot up
study intensively, as before an exam

v gain through experience

“I acquired a strong aversion to television”
Synonyms:
develop, evolve
develop, get, grow, produce
come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
develop
elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
develop, explicate, formulate
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
develop
generate gradually
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v win something through one's efforts

“I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese”
Synonyms:
gain, win
Antonyms:
lose
fail to get or obtain
Types:
cozen
cheat or trick
Type of:
get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Synonyms:
adopt, assume, take, take on
Types:
re-assume
take on again, as after a time lapse
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

Synonyms:
develop, get, grow, produce
develop, evolve
gain through experience
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feather, fledge
grow feathers
regrow
grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption
spring
develop suddenly
sprout, stock
put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
stool, tiller
grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
leaf
produce leaves, of plants
pod
produce pods, of plants
teethe
grow teeth; cut the baby teeth
pupate
develop into a pupa
get up, work up
develop
cut
have grow through the gums
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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v locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar

Type of:
locate, situate
determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey