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Meaning & Definition of Acquire in English

English

Acquire

/əkwaɪər/

verb

1. Come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  • "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"
  • "They acquired a new pet"
  • "Get your results the next day"
  • "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
    synonym:
  • get
  • ,
  • acquire

2. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

  • "His voice took on a sad tone"
  • "The story took a new turn"
  • "He adopted an air of superiority"
  • "She assumed strange manners"
  • "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
    synonym:
  • assume
  • ,
  • acquire
  • ,
  • adopt
  • ,
  • take on
  • ,
  • take

3. Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

  • "He grew a beard"
  • "The patient developed abdominal pains"
  • "I got funny spots all over my body"
  • "Well-developed breasts"
    synonym:
  • grow
  • ,
  • develop
  • ,
  • produce
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • acquire

4. Locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar

    synonym:
  • acquire

5. Win something through one's efforts

  • "I acquired a passing knowledge of chinese"
  • "Gain an understanding of international finance"
    synonym:
  • acquire
  • ,
  • win
  • ,
  • gain

6. Gain knowledge or skills

  • "She learned dancing from her sister"
  • "I learned sanskrit"
  • "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
    synonym:
  • learn
  • ,
  • larn
  • ,
  • acquire

7. Gain through experience

  • "I acquired a strong aversion to television"
  • "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"
  • "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"
  • "Develop a passion for painting"
    synonym:
  • develop
  • ,
  • acquire
  • ,
  • evolve

Examples of using

There is a big difference between learning a language in order to understand or to say something if needed, and wanting to acquire a second language in order to command it freely, almost like you command your first language, your mother tongue.