Definition of acquire in English:


Syllabification: ac·quire
Pronunciation: /əˈkwī(ə)r


[with object]
1Buy or obtain (an object or asset) for oneself.
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  • Instead, tax will become payable automatically 30 days after the date that the purchaser acquires the property or land.
  • On the other side sit large investors who acquire supplier assets at an attractive price.
  • The company has neither improved its financial indicators, nor acquired new assets.
obtain, come by, get, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, be given;
informal get one's hands on, get hold of, land, bag, cop, score
1.1Learn or develop (a skill, habit, or quality): you must acquire the rudiments of Greek I’ve never acquired a taste for whiskey
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  • Most teachers recognise that pupils vary in the speed and manner in which they grasp new ideas and acquire skills.
  • When children go to camp, they learn to be more independent and acquire social skills.
  • They want to learn more, know more and acquire skills like any other individual in society.
1.2Achieve (a particular reputation) as a result of one’s behavior or activities.
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  • Since the band's cultural rehabilitation, however, hasn't it acquired a certain cachet?
  • The Illegal Eagles have progressed from playing the small local club circuit to acquiring a reputation for themselves at major concert venues.
  • They are rapidly acquiring a reputation for producing accessible and uniquely powerful theatre.


late Middle English acquere, from Old French aquerre, based on Latin acquirere 'get in addition', from ad- 'to' + quaerere 'seek'. The English spelling was modified (circa1600) by association with the Latin word.


acquired taste

A thing that one has come to like only through experience: pumpkin pie is an acquired taste
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  • The flavor combination is something of an acquired taste, which I, unfortunately, had yet to acquire.
  • His music is an acquired taste and I don't think I am going to acquire it any time soon.
  • While I have never tried authentic bird's nest soup, apparently it is an acquired taste - many westerners think it tastes quite rubbery the first time they try it.



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  • It's simply that these are the obvious, overt qualities or things that are, some think, acquirable.
  • That's my main motive in this thread, to make people realise ‘talent’ is acquirable - it's under your control.
  • ‘Consumers may find digital TVs a little bit more acquirable after retail prices drop in line with the tax cut,’ Lee said.


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  • Preliminary discussions are underway with potential acquirers for all or parts of these activities.
  • These state that acquirers of more than 1% or more of a target company have to be disclosed by midday the day after purchase.
  • At its annual meeting last week, it confirmed it was conducting due diligence with a small number of potential acquirers, but would not be drawn on details.

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