Definition of 'acquire'
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They then set about acquiring rivals. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The most important way of managing your library is to be careful about what you acquire. Christianity Today (2000)Learning to read critically and creatively can be as difficult as acquiring the ability to write. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They acquired the habit of blinking in the face of destiny. Times, Sunday Times (2007)That is when the years of acquiring experience and contacts comes into play. Times, Sunday Times (2015)When driven by curiosity to acquire knowledge they do so with a powerful thirst. The Descent of Mind - the how and why of intelligence (1990)It is easier to talk about acquiring reserves than finding good ones on sale at reasonable prices. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Another is the difficulty in acquiring the ability to relax. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The rugby league star may take years to acquire the habits of union. Times, Sunday Times (2014)She acquired invaluable practical experience as both pianist and manager of the group. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They acquire the knowledge and qualifications to get the good jobs. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is all about acquiring global skills to compete in the global economy. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Some of my recently acquired habits strike me as curious. Times, Sunday Times (2008)So the fi rst new shopping habit to acquire is writing a list. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Already he has used much of the knowledge acquired on the programme to drive changes in his workplace. Times, Sunday Times (2010)In acting in this way he not only taught them about geology but imparted lessons about how geological knowledge should be acquired. Science, Technology, and Social Change (1988)As you become more senior, you acquire the ability to set out the value proposition. Times, Sunday Times (2007)That isn't something that is acquired with experience and with age. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He's now acquired the right experience. The Sun (2011)At Alchemy he has acquired a reputation for snapping up and reviving ailing companies. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The coat comes with a note from the soldier about how he acquired it, and the original invoice. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It is how he should go about acquiring it that occupies as much of his time off the court as does the hard graft on it. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'acquire'
British English: acquire VERB
If you acquire something, you buy or obtain it for yourself, or someone gives it to you.
The club wants to acquire new sports equipment.
Definition of acquire from the Collins English Dictionary
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