acquire /əˈkwʌɪə/


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 /

2. acquiree

3. acquirer /əˈkwʌɪrə /

– 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.

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