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acquire

ac·quire

acquire

 
pronunciation:
kwaIr
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: acquired, acquires, acquiring
definition 1: to come to possess; obtain.
He is acquiring some bad habits from his friends.You've acquired an American accent since you've been living here.
synonyms:
get, obtain
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
accession, annex, contract, gain, garner, inherit, procure, realize, receive
definition 2: to gain, esp. through one's own efforts or dealings.
He acquired his wealth by building railroads.The company's been trying to acquire that land for years.
synonyms:
amass, attain, gain, procure, win
antonyms:
forfeit, lose
similar words:
accession, achieve, appropriate, buy, earn, garner, get, harvest, net, pick up, purchase, realize, reap, secure
derivation: acquired (adj.)
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The word acquire contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
quer, ques, quir, quis, quest Latin root that means ask, seek