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verb [transitive] acquire pronunciation in American English /əˈkwaɪr/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleacquiring
past tenseacquired
past participleacquired
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  1. 1
    formal to get something, for example by buying it or being given it
    We acquired the company for 100 million dollars.
    newly acquired: his newly acquired BMW
    acquire something from someone: The business was acquired from Orion four years ago.
  2. 2
    to get new knowledge or a new skill by learning it
    How can such a large quantity of knowledge be acquired?
    the way children acquire language
  3. 3
    to get a particular reputation, position, or name
    He soon acquired a reputation as a perfectionist.
  4. 4
    to get a disease, illness, or infection
    Any drug user who shares a needle is at risk of acquiring AIDS.
  5. 5
    to gradually develop or learn something
    acquire a taste for something (=start to like it): I’ve never really acquired a taste for wine.
    acquired taste (=something you do not like at first, but gradually start to enjoy): Decaffeinated coffee is an acquired taste.
    acquire the habit (of doing something) (=start to do something regularly, without thinking about why): We want people to acquire the habit of using public transportation instead of their cars.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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