HyperDic: acquire

English > 7 senses of the word acquire:
VERBpossessionacquire, getcome into the possession of something concrete or abstract
changeacquire, assume, adopt, take on, taketake on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
bodyacquire, grow, develop, produce, getcome to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
stativeacquirelocate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
possessionacquire, win, gainwin something through one's efforts
cognitionacquire, learn, larngain knowledge or skills
changeacquire, develop, evolvegain through experience
acquire > pronunciation
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English > acquire: 7 senses > verb 1, possession
MeaningCome into the possession of something concrete or abstract.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s something from somebody
ModelThe children acquire the ball
Example "They acquired a new pet"
Narroweraccept, take, haveReceive willingly something given or offered
acquire, win, gainwin something through one's efforts
borrowGet temporarily
buy, purchaseObtain by purchase
buyacquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
capture, catchCapture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
catchGet or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
collect, pick up, gather up, call forGather or collect
come by, come intoObtain, especially accidentally
earn, garner, winacquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
enter upon, come upon, luck intoTake possession of
find, regaincome upon after searching
findObtain through effort or management
gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring inearn on some commercial or business transaction
getacquire as a result of some effort or action
glomseize upon or latch onto something
inheritObtain from someone after their death
isolateObtain in pure form
lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, takeEngage for service under a term of contract
line up, get hold, come up, findGet something or somebody for a specific purpose
obtainCome into possession of
partake, share, partake inHave, give, or receive a share of
pick upGet in addition, as an increase
pollGet the votes of
preemptacquire for oneself before others can do so
preemptGain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)
press out, express, extractObtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
profit, gain, benefitderive a benefit from
receive, haveGet something
reclaim, repossessclaim back
recover, retrieve, find, regainget or find back
recover, recoup, recuperateregain or make up for
turnGet by buying and selling
win back, get backRecover something or somebody that appeared to be lost
Similar toreceive, get, find, obtain, incurReceive a specified treatment (abstract)
Spanishadquirir, conseguir, lograr, obtener, sacar, tomar
Catalanaconseguir, adquirir, obtenir, prendre
Adjectivesacquirablecapable of being acquired
acquisitiveeager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
Nounsacquirera corporation gaining financial control over another corporation or financial institution through a payment in cash or an exchange of stock
acquirerthe financial institution that dispenses cash in automated teller machines and collects a fee from the bank that issued the credit card
acquirera credit card processing bank
acquirera person who acquires something (usually permanently)
acquiringthe act of acquiring something
acquisitionthe act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
acquisitionthe cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
English > acquire: 7 senses > verb 2, change
Meaningtake on a certain form, attribute, or aspect.
PatternSomething ----s something
Synonymsassume, adopt, take on, take
Narrowerre-assumetake on again, as after a time lapse
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Spanishadoptar, adquirir, asumir
Catalanadoptar, adquirir, assumir
English > acquire: 7 senses > verb 3, body
MeaningCome to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes).
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsgrow, develop, produce, get
NarrowercutHave grow through the gums
fledge, featherGrow feathers
leafproduce leaves, of plants
podproduce pods, of plants
pupateDevelop into a pupa
regrowGrow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption
springDevelop suddenly
sprout, stockput forth and grow sprouts / sprouts or shoots
stool, tillerGrow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
teetheGrow teeth
work up, get upDevelop
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Similar todevelop, acquire, evolvegain through experience
Spanishadquirir, crecer, cultivar, desarrollar, elaborar, producir
Catalanadquirir, cultivar, desenvolupar, elaborar, produir
English > acquire: 7 senses > verb 4, stative
Meaninglocate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Broadersituate, locateDetermine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
English > acquire: 7 senses > verb 5, possession
Meaningwin something through one's efforts.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s something from somebody
Example"I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"
Synonymswin, gain
Narrowercozencheat or trick
Broaderget, acquireCome into the possession of something concrete or abstract
Oppositelosefail to get or obtain
Spanishadquirir, ganarse, ganar, triunfar, vencer
English > acquire: 7 senses > verb 6, cognition
Meaninggain knowledge or skills.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s PP; Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Example "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
Synonymslearn, larn
Caused byteach, learn, instructImpart skills or knowledge to
Entailed bymaster, get the hangBe or become completely proficient or skilled in
Narrowerabsorb, assimilate, ingest, take intake up mentally
catch upLearn belatedly
relearnLearn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it
study, hit the booksLearn by reading books
Spanishadquirir, aprender, instruirse
Catalanadquirir, aprendre, instruir-se
Nounsacquisitionan ability that has been acquired by training
acquisitionthe cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
English > acquire: 7 senses > verb 7, change
Meaninggain through experience.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"I acquired a strong aversion to television"
Synonymsdevelop, evolve
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Similar todevelopelaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
developgenerate gradually
explicate, formulate, developelaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
grow, develop, produce, get, acquireCome to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
Spanishdesarrollar, elaborar, evolucionar
Catalandesenvolupar-se, desenvolupar, desplegar-se, elaborar, evolucionar

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