Definition of ACQUIRE

to come to have gradually <from years of working two jobs, he has acquired the ability to get by on only a few hours of sleep a day>
Near Antonyms abandon, desert, forsake; cast, discard, ditch, dump, fling (off or away), jettison, junk, reject, scrap, shed, shuck (off), slough (also sluff), throw away, throw out, unload
Antonyms lose
to receive as return for effort <acquired a reputation for always arriving at his friends' house just as they were sitting down to dinner>
Antonyms forfeit, lose

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