• 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

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