Definition of acquire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    acquire

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈkwaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkwaɪər//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they acquire
    BrE BrE//əˈkwaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkwaɪər//
     
    he / she / it acquires
    BrE BrE//əˈkwaɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkwaɪərz//
     
    past simple acquired
    BrE BrE//əˈkwaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkwaɪərd//
     
    past participle acquired
    BrE BrE//əˈkwaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkwaɪərd//
     
    -ing form acquiring
    BrE BrE//əˈkwaɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkwaɪərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  acquire something to gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour She has acquired a good knowledge of English. How long will it take to acquire the necessary skills? He has acquired a reputation for dishonesty. I have recently acquired a taste for olives.
  2. 2  acquire something to obtain something by buying or being given it The company has just acquired new premises. How did the gallery come to acquire so many Picassos? I've suddenly acquired a stepbrother.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English acquere, from Old French aquerre, based on Latin acquirere ‘get in addition’, from ad- ‘to’ + quaerere ‘seek’. The English spelling was modified (c.1600) by association with the Latin word.Extra examples I’ve suddenly acquired a stepbrother. When you have acquired a basic range of computing skills, you will be ready to start the job. to acquire a love of/​taste for something to acquire a reputation/​bad name/​criminal record/​tan/​look/​appearanceIdioms a thing that you do not like much at first but gradually learn to like Abstract art is an acquired taste.
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