Acquire - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈkwaɪər|  American pronunciation of the word acquire
Brit.  |əˈkwʌɪə|  British pronunciation of the word acquire
- come into the possession of something concrete or abstract (syn: get)
- take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect (syn: adopt, assume, take, take on)
- come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes) (syn: develop, get, grow, produce)
- locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
- win something through one's efforts (syn: gain, win)
- gain knowledge or skills (syn: learn)
- gain through experience (syn: develop, evolve)


The two ships were acquired by the navy after the war.

The team acquired three new players this year.

The old word has acquired a new meaning.

This apparently minor event has acquired increasing significance in recent weeks.

He is studying the way that language is acquired by children.

Manning hoped to acquire valuable works of art as cheaply as possible.

She has acquired an email address and a site on the WorldWide Web.

The college acquired a reputation for very high standards.

He spent years acquiring his skills as a surgeon.

Elsie acquired a good knowledge of Chinese.

He acquired a strong liking for sports.

They acquired a new pet

I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese

Children acquire language at an amazing rate

I acquired a strong aversion to television

Word forms

I/you/we/they: acquire
he/she/it: acquires
present participle: acquiring
past tense: acquired
past participle: acquired
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