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Definition of acquire verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they acquire
    he / she / it acquires
    past simple acquired
    -ing form acquiring
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  1. 1acquire 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.
  2. 2acquire something to gain something by your own efforts, ability, or behavior 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 (= started to like) olives.
  3. Idioms
    an acquired taste
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    a thing that you do not like much at first but gradually learn to like Abstract art is an acquired taste.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: acquire