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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acquire  \Ac*quire"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Acquired};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Acquiring}.]  [L.  acquirere  acquisitum  ad  +  quarere 
  to  seek  for  In  OE  was  a  verb  aqueren  fr  the  same  through 
  OF  aquerre  See  {Quest}..] 
  To  gain,  usually  by  one's  own  exertions;  to  get  as  one's  own 
  as  to  acquire  a  title,  riches,  knowledge,  skill,  good  or  bad 
  habits. 
 
  No  virtue  is  acquired  in  an  instant,  but  step  by  step. 
  --Barrow. 
 
  Descent  is  the  title  whereby  a  man,  on  the  death  of  his 
  ancestor,  acquires  his  estate,  by  right  of 
  representation,  as  his  heir  at  law.  --Blackstone. 
 
  Syn:  To  obtain;  gain;  attain;  procure;  win;  earn;  secure.  See 
  {Obtain}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acquire 
  v  1:  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"  [syn: 
  {get}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {assume},  {adopt},  {take  on},  {take}] 
  3:  come  to  have  of  physical  features  and  attributes;  "He  grew 
  a  beard";  The  patient  developed  abdominal  pains";  I  got 
  funny  spots  all  over  my  body"  [syn:  {grow},  {develop},  {produce}, 
  {get}] 




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