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Middle English aqueren, from Anglo-French acquerre, from Latin acquirere, from ad- + quaerere to seek, obtain


  • 1: to get as one's own:
a : to come into possession or control of often by unspecified means
b : to come to have as a new or added characteristic, trait, or ability (as by sustained effort or natural selection) <acquire fluency in French> <bacteria that acquire tolerance to antibiotics>
  • 2: to locate and hold (a desired object) in a detector <acquire a target by radar>

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