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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ac•quire /əˈkwaɪr/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object],-quired, -quir•ing. 
  1. to get possession of, or gain through one's efforts:acquired two new paintings; acquired new skills.
ac•quire•ment,n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ac•quire  (ə kwīər), 
v.t., -quired, -quir•ing. 
  1. to come into possession or ownership of;
    get as one's own:to acquire property.
  2. to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts:to acquire learning.
  3. Linguistics[Ling.]to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
  4. Military[Mil.]to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
  • Latin
  • Middle French aquerre
  • Latin acquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire (ac- ac- + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to search for, obtain); replacing late Middle English aquere
  • 1400–50
ac•quira•ble, adj. 
ac•quir′a•bili•ty, n. 
ac•quirer, n. 
1 . See get.  2 . win, earn, attain;

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

acquire /əˈkwaɪə/ vb
  1. (transitive) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
Etymology: 15th Century: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek

acˈquirable adj acˈquirement n

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