Definition of acquire in English:


Line breaks: ac|quire
Pronunciation: /əˈkwʌɪə


[with object]
  • 2Learn or develop (a skill, habit, or quality): I’ve acquired a taste for whisky
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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.
  • 2.1Come to have (a particular reputation) as a result of one’s behaviour or activities: he acquired a reputation for scrupulous honesty
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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.


an acquired taste

A thing that one comes to like over time: 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.


noun ( Finance )
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  • The merged institutions don't even approach the sum of the former market presence of the individual acquirees.
  • Most mergers and acquisitions are about cost-cutting, and many are a sign of the failure of the acquirer to develop products and services that can compete with those of the acquiree.
  • To control two of those variables, the bank moves all acquirees to Washington Mutual's technology and processes.


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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.


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.

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