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ac·quire

acquire

 
 
pronunciation:
kwaIr
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: acquires, acquiring, acquired
definition 1: to come to possess, esp. gradually over time.
He is acquiring some bad habits from his friends.You've acquired an American accent since you've been living in the States.We acquired some furniture for our apartment from some relatives.I never liked asparagus before, but I seem to have acquired a taste for it.
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
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derivations: acquired (adj.), acquirer (n.)
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