I. verb — [with obj.] 1. buy or obtain (an asset or object) for oneself • I managed to acquire all the books I needed.
2. learn or develop (a skill, habit, or quality) • I’ve acquired a taste for whisky.
3. come to have (a particular reputation) as a result of one’s behaviour or activities. • he acquired a reputation for scrupulous honesty.
II. phrases an acquired taste a thing that one comes to like over time • pumpkin pie is an acquired taste.
III. derivatives 1. acquirable /əˈkwʌɪərəb(ə)l / adjective
2. acquiree noun
3. acquirer /əˈkwʌɪrə / noun
– origin late Middle English acquere, from Old French aquerre, based on Latin acquirere ‘get in addition’, from ad- ‘to’ + quaerere ‘seek’. The English spelling was modified ( c. 1600) by association with the Latin word.