• Pronunciation of acquire: AH0 K W AY1 ER0 (ə'kwaɪər)

  • Number of syllables of acquire: 3

  • Pronunciation Video of acquire

  • Definition of acquire

    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): acquire or gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): win something through one''s efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"  
    • (v): locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar  
  • Examples of acquire

    • Teachers acquire managerial skills.  
    • How did the British Museum acquire the hoard  
    • The Callums later acquire a dinghy of their own, the Scarab.  
    • The corporation acquire the upper arboretum in 1928.  
    • Dozens of firms moved to Hawthorne to acquire Northrop subcontracts.  
    • The players must first acquire the miniatures and build the terrain.  
    • People vied to acquire more food.  
    • The company was founded in 1999 to acquire marine construction subcontracts.  
    • The man did not want to let them acquire briskness.  
    • Contrastingly, all black foreigners could easily acquire Haitian nationality.  

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