Definition of acquire
- acquire property
- The team acquired three new players this year.
- acquire fluency in French
- bacteria that acquire tolerance to antibiotics
- acquire a target by radar
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.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: to get (something) : to come to own (something) : to come to have (something)
: to gain (a new skill, ability, etc.) usually by your own effort
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