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ACQUIRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does acquire mean? 

ACQUIRE (verb)
  The verb ACQUIRE has 7 senses:

1. come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
2. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
3. come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
4. locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
5. win something through one's efforts
6. gain knowledge or skills
7. gain through experience

  Familiarity information: ACQUIRE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACQUIRE (verb)


Sense 1acquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

get; acquire

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "acquire"):

benefit; gain; profit (derive a benefit from)

earn; garner (acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions)

bring in; clear; earn; gain; make; pull in; realise; realize; take in (earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages)

acquire; gain; win (win something through one's efforts)

find; regain (come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost)

reclaim; repossess (claim back)

recoup; recover; recuperate (regain or make up for)

partake; partake in; share (have, give, or receive a share of)

preempt (acquire for oneself before others can do so)

preempt (gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land))

call for; collect; gather up; pick up (gather or collect)

come into; inherit (obtain from someone after their death)

borrow (get temporarily)

pick up (get in addition, as an increase)

get (acquire as a result of some effort or action)

poll (get the votes of)

catch (get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly)

find; recover; regain; retrieve (get or find back; recover the use of)

isolate (obtain in pure form)

get back; win back (recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost)

express; extract; press out (obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action)

capture; catch (capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping)

come by (obtain, especially accidentally)

buy; purchase (obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction)

charter; engage; hire; lease; rent; take (engage for service under a term of contract)

have; receive (get something; come into possession of)

turn (get by buying and selling)

buy (acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange)

find (obtain through effort or management)

glom (seize upon or latch onto something)

come upon; enter upon; luck into (take possession of)

come up; find; get hold; line up (get something or somebody for a specific purpose)

accept; have; take (receive willingly something given or offered)

obtain (come into possession of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Sentence example:

The children acquire the ball


Sense 2acquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

take on; acquire; assume; adopt; take

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "acquire" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "acquire"):

re-assume (take on again, as after a time lapse)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3acquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

acquire; develop; produce; grow; get

Context examples:

He grew a beard / The patient developed abdominal pains / I got funny spots all over my body / Well-developed breasts

Hypernyms (to "acquire" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "acquire"):

feather; fledge (grow feathers)

cut (have grow through the gums)

get up; work up (develop)

pupate (develop into a pupa)

teethe (grow teeth; cut the baby teeth)

pod (produce pods, of plants)

leaf (produce leaves, of plants)

stool; tiller (grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers)

sprout; stock (put forth and grow sprouts or shoots)

spring (develop suddenly)

regrow (grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4acquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Hypernyms (to "acquire" is one way to...):

locate; situate (determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5acquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Win something through one's efforts

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

gain; win; acquire

Context examples:

I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese / Gain an understanding of international finance

Hypernyms (to "acquire" is one way to...):

acquire; get (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "acquire"):

cozen (cheat or trick)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Sense 6acquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gain knowledge or skills

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

larn; learn; acquire

Context examples:

She learned dancing from her sister / I learned Sanskrit / Children acquire language at an amazing rate

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "acquire"):

hit the books; study (learn by reading books)

absorb; assimilate; ingest; take in (take up mentally)

catch up (learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened)

relearn (learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 7acquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gain through experience

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

evolve; develop; acquire

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "acquire" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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