Verb acquire Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


acquire (third-person singular simple present acquires, present participle acquiring, simple past and past participle acquired)

  1. (transitive) To get.
  2. (transitive) To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own
  3. (medicine) To contract.
  4. (computing) To sample signals and convert them into digital values.

More definition: come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own, to acquire property. gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts, to acquire learning.

3.Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).

4.Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.

1. (transitive) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently Derived Formsacquirable, adjectiveacquirement, nounacquirer, noun Word OriginC15, via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seekCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-15c., acqueren, from Old French aquerre "acquire, gain, earn, procure," from Vulgar Latin *acquaerere, from Latin acquirere "to seek in addition to" (see acquisition). Reborrowed in current form from Latin c.1600. Related, Acquired; acquiring.


The Telephone Company, Limited, was formed to acquire Bell's patent.

Slight differences in form have been noted between nephridia of different segments; but the Hirudinea do not show the marked differentiation that is to be seen in some other Chaetopods; nor do the nephridia ever acquire any relations to the alimentary canal.

Hence, if, after assuming a body and sojourning upon earth, it becomes polluted by sin and fails to acquire the experience for which it descends from heaven, it must three times reinhabit a body, till it is able to ascend in a purified state through repeated trials.

It may be that, just as the usages of civilized nations have slowly crystallized into international law, so there may come a time when the political principles that govern states in relation to each other will be so clearly defined and so generally accepted as to acquire something of a legal or quasi-legal character.

His goal was to acquire weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them.

His newly-acquired skills were tested!

The iron acquired a reputation for poor steaming.

"Our people do not acquire their real life until they leave their bushes," said the Prince.

Now, if you acquire an ox, a new source of energy, you can plow more.

Weigh that against the certainty that nearly a billion people are hungry right now and I don't know why we would decline to acquire this knowledge.

The deaf and the blind find it very difficult to acquire the amenities of conversation.

I have always endeavored to acquire strict business habits; they are indispensable to every man.

We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.

Pierre had first experienced this strange and fascinating feeling at the Sloboda Palace, when he had suddenly felt that wealth, power, and life--all that men so painstakingly acquire and guard--if it has any worth has so only by reason of the joy with which it can all be renounced.

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