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- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈkwaɪəɹ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈkwaɪə/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: ac‧quire
- (transitive) To get.
- (transitive) To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own
- He acquired a title.
- all the riches he acquired were from hard work.
- One should acquire' as much knowledge as possible from reading.
- to acquire a skill
- to acquire decent habits and manners
- a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, The Consideration of our Latter End (sermon)
- No virtue is acquired in an instant, but by degrees, step by step.
- 1765, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, book I (Of the Rights of Persons), Oxford: […] Clarendon Press, OCLC 65350522:
- 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.
- (medicine) To contract.
- (computing) To sample signals and convert them into digital values.
to gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own
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