from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To gain possession of: acquire 100 shares of stock.
- transitive v. To get by one's own efforts: acquire proficiency in math.
- transitive v. To gain through experience; come by: acquired a growing dislike of television sitcoms.
- transitive v. To locate (a moving object) with a tracking system, such as radar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To get.
- v. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. win something through one's efforts
- v. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
- v. gain knowledge or skills
- v. come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
- v. come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
- v. locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
- v. gain through experience
Middle English acquere, from Old French aquerre, from Latin acquīrere, to add to : ad-, ad- + quaerere, to seek, get.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English aqueren, from Old French aquerre, from Latin adquaerere; ad + quaerere. See quest. (Wiktionary)