Thesaurus

acquire

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of acquire

1 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

Synonyms for acquire

Words Related to acquire

Near Antonyms for acquire

Antonyms for acquire

2 to receive as return for effort
  • acquired a reputation for always arriving at his friends' house just as they were sitting down to dinner

Synonyms for acquire

Words Related to acquire

Near Antonyms for acquire

Antonyms for acquire

See the Dictionary Definition 

Learn More About acquire

Time Traveler for acquire

Time Traveler

The first known use of acquire was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Thesaurus Entries Near acquire

acquirable

acquire

acquired

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Acquire.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/acquire. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on acquire

Nglish: Translation of acquire for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of acquire for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!