• WordNet 3.6
    • v acquire come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes) "He grew a beard","The patient developed abdominal pains","I got funny spots all over my body","Well-developed breasts"
    • v acquire take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect "His voice took on a sad tone","The story took a new turn","he adopted an air of superiority","She assumed strange manners","The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
    • v acquire gain through experience "I acquired a strong aversion to television","Children must develop a sense of right and wrong","Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position","develop a passion for painting"
    • v acquire gain knowledge or skills "She learned dancing from her sister","I learned Sanskrit","Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
    • v acquire come into the possession of something concrete or abstract "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle","They acquired a new pet","Get your results the next day","Get permission to take a few days off from work"
    • v acquire win something through one's efforts "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese","Gain an understanding of international finance"
    • v acquire locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australian Graham Barker extracted his own belly button fluff every day for 18 years acquiring a record-breaking amount of fluff. He hopes to accumulate enough fluff to stuff a pillow
    • v. t Acquire To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own; as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad habits. "No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step.""Descent is the title whereby a man, on the death of his ancestor, acquires his estate, by right of representation, as his heir at law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Parrots, most famous of all talking birds, rarely acquire a vocabulary of more than twenty words, however Tymhoney Greys and African Greys have been know to carry vocabularies in excess of 100 words.
    • acquire To get or gain, the object being something which is more or less permanent, or which becomes vested or inherent in the subject: as, to acquire a title, estate, learning, habits, skill, dominion, etc.; to acquire a stammer; sugar acquires a brown color by being burned. A mere temporary possession is not expressed by acquire, but by obtain, procure, etc.: as, to obtain (not acquire) a book on loan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Dutch acquired Surinam in exchange for Manhattan Island in 1667.
    • v.t Acquire ak-kwīr′ to gain: to attain to
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  • David Lloyd George
    “Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.”
  • Aristotle
    “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acquirere, acquisitum,; ad, + quarere, to seek for. In OE. was a verb aqueren, fr. the same, through OF. aquerre,. See Quest.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aquerre—L. acquirĕre, -quisitumad, to, and quærĕre, to seek.


In literature:

Mercantile wealth, with all its refinements, acquired new importance in the eyes of the nations.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Most boys acquire this habit from other boys, but as we have intimated it is possible to acquire it in what are termed innocent ways.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
The skull has thus acquired its characteristic narrowness.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
Barnard, who had charge of the collection from its commencement to the time when it was acquired by the nation.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
How is the governmental influence of the people acquired?
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
We must have acquired the art of self-control.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
There is no way of acquiring it except by learning.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
He said it was from them only that the people could acquire civic virtue.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It was all very well to be a man, to smoke, to shave, and to have acquired the sartorial evidence.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
When Rhodes acquired it in the eighties the grounds were comparatively limited.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
It acquired the Aleutian Islands, largely in the Asiatic system.
"Problems of Expansion" by Whitelaw Reid
Using the money in these institutions to acquire properties.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
The Rights I have acquired are dear to me.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The Rights I have acquired are dear to me.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
The acquiring of mental images seems to be essentially the same process as the acquiring of conditioned reflexes, and of names.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Whatever it acquires, it acquires for the benefit of the people of the several States who created it.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
Mr. Chase was not long in acquiring the reputation of a sound lawyer and able advocate.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
The mendicant orders, acquiring wealth, became munificent patrons.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
It was acquired by the ex-Kaiser William II, who bought it from the Archduchess Gisela, wife of Prince Leopold of Bavaria.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
In the next place, he acquired the character of firm trust in Providence.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams

In poetry:

If its gentle hands a new-born one
Move, then straightway turn it tow'rd the sun,--
Soul and body dip in bath of fire!
Then each morning's favour 'twill acquire.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One more glance behind, and then, new strength acquiring,
Staff grasped, no longer stay;
See, a further slope, a long one, still aspiring
Ere downward turns the way!
"At Forty Years" by Friedrich Ruckert
From my earliest years to reading
Did my studious tastes incline me.
Something thus acquired doth wake
Doubts, and fears, and hopes, ah me!
That the things I read may be.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Christ must make us the sons of his heavenly Sire
(By adoption and grace, we that right may acquire)
And make us the heirs of the Godhead above,
E'er we, howe'er good, can to Eden remove.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
I never found them again -- the things acquired quite by chance,
that I gave up so lightly;
and that later in agony I wanted.
The poetic eyes, the pale face,
those lips, I never found again.
"Days of 1903" by Constantine P Cavafy
Nor shall in my poem that button be found
By which Mr. Bratt acquir'd ten thousand pound.
Though it pleases the eye while the pocket it fills,
And causes, most sweetly, to run the chaise wheels.
"The Button" by William Hutton

In news:

A Brite Company Acquires Sunbelt Systems.
Enthone Acquires Select Assets of A Brite Company.
Enthone, Inc, a business of Cookson Electronics, announced it has acquired select, intellectual property and other assets of A Brite Company headquartered in Garland, Texas, USA.
In an aggressive move designed to deepen its expertise in software-defined networking (SDN), Brocade will acquire network virtualization startup Vyatta in an all-cash transaction.
Hershey To Acquire Brookside Foods.
The Bruins have acquired Chris Bourque, son of legendary defenseman Ray Bourque, from the Capitals for Zach Hamill.
One of Canada's leading corporate lawyers, with more than 30 years experience in selling, acquiring and financing businesses, Michel Brunet , a partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain, has assumed the role of firm chair.
Acquired toxoplasmosis of the buccal area with extranodular involvement: Report of an unusual case.
Acquired toxoplasmosis is a common parasitic infection in humans.
Buckhorn acquires reusable plastic container product line.
Buckhorn acquires reusable plastic container product line.
Almost six months after acquiring Taleo, Oracle is following through on plans to dominate the software-as-a-service industry.
Philip Morris Companies Inc said yesterday that its Kraft Jacobs Suchard division had agreed to acquire an 80 percent stake in Bulgaria's state-owned candy and chocolate maker, the Republika Confectionery Company.
I am increasingly concerned with news accounts that portray this Administration as planning to wage protracted nuclear war, or seeking to acquire a nuclear "war-fighting" capability.
The Broncos acquired fullback Chris Gronkowski in a trade with the Colts.

In science:

The tachyons acquire nonzero vevs, at which the effective potential takes a minimum value, and the fluctuations around such configuration do not contain any tachyon.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
Suppose that the tachyons acquire generic vevs.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
Introducing such “state spaces” and assuming that probabilities have a square norm, exotic probabilities acquire the power to predict real non-negative frequencies and are limited to three algebras: reals, complex numbers and quaternions.
Physics with exotic probability theory
Thus, we have found that exotic probabilities can indeed acquire predictive power provided we introduce a “state space” within L and a square norm on P .
Physics with exotic probability theory
We can only hope that the above statement of the theorem and its rˆole in this paper are sufficient to motivate the reader to acquire some familiarity with .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Unfortunately, the spectrometer on the IRAS satellite did not acquire a good infrared spectrum of this ob ject (Sloan & Price 1998, Volk & Cohen 1989), and ground-based infrared spectra have not been reported in the literature surveyed with SIMBAD.
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
A comprehensive data base of infrared emission from bright stars was acquired with the DIRBE instrument on the COBE satellite where fluxes at 9 different infrared bands were measured, sometimes more often than daily, over a 300 day period.
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
The fluxes acquired by the DIRBE instrument on COBE for R Cas with the same conventions as in Figure 7.
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
Notice that thus the set of oriented paths of G acquires a natural tree structure.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
We recall some of the conventions, following Berezin : we work with the Grassmann envelop of this graded vector space (thus we acquire a Z grading).
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
The ISM electrons entering a CB bounce off its enclosed magnetic domains, lose energy effectively by synchrotron radiation, and acquire a predictable power-law energy spectrum, dne /dE ∝ E−3.2 , which implies a given distribution of the radiated photons: ν dnγ /dν ∝ ν−1.1 .
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
For the symmetric subspace, this makes no change, but the antisymmetric states acquire a change of sign.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
In the presence of vortices of the d-wave superconducting order parameter, not only do the nodal quasiparticles’ energies get semiclassically Doppler shifted due to the circulating supercurrent , but also their wave functions acquire intrinsically quantum mechanical Bohm-Aharonov (BA) phases.
Planar Dirac fermions in long-range-correlated random vector potential
Practically the totally of data in astronomical and astrophysical systems are acquired by using photons arrival time.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
We can now proceed to acquire the predictions of the EMBH theory with reference to two fundamental quantities and their role within the GRBs structure: the P-GRB and the peak emission of the afterglow.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts