1. [ verb ] come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
Synonyms: get

"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"

Related terms: buy win receive obtain find line_up accept gain borrow find profit partake earn inherit recover buy collect capture win_back isolate come_by pick_up lease catch reclaim preempt enter_upon turn get recover press_out poll glom receive learning acquirer acquirer acquirer acquiring
2. [ verb ] take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
Synonyms: take assume take_on adopt

"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"

Related terms: change re-assume
3. [ verb ] come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
Synonyms: develop get grow produce

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

Related terms: change pupate spring work_up sprout stool teethe teeth cut regrow fledge leaf pod develop acquiring
4. [ verb ] (education) acquire or gain knowledge or skills
Synonyms: learn larn

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

Related terms: study absorb relearn catch_up skill learning
5. [ verb ] win something through one's efforts
Synonyms: win gain

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

Related terms: lose get cozen achiever winning gainer winnings
6. [ verb ] locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
Related terms: situate
7. [ verb ] gain through experience
Synonyms: develop evolve

"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"

Related terms: change grow explicate develop develop evolution
Similar spelling:   acre