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Definition 1: come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes) - [verb of body]

Samples where acquire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He grew a beard
  • The patient developed abdominal pains
  • I got funny spots all over my body
  • Well-developed breasts

Synonyms for acquire in the sense of this definition

(acquire is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of acquire ) grow feathers

"The young sparrows are fledging already"

(... is a kind of acquire ) have grow through the gums

"The baby cut a tooth"

(... is a kind of acquire ) develop

"we worked up an as of an appetite"

(... is a kind of acquire ) develop into a pupa

"the insect larva pupate"

(... is a kind of acquire ) grow teeth; cut the baby teeth

"The little one is teething now"

(... is a kind of acquire ) produce pods, of plants

(... is a kind of acquire ) produce leaves, of plants

(... is a kind of acquire ) grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers

(... is a kind of acquire ) put forth and grow sprouts or shoots

"the plant sprouted early this year"

(... is a kind of acquire ) develop suddenly

"The tire sprang a leak"

(... is a kind of acquire ) grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption

"parts of the trunk of this tree can regrow" "some invertebrates can regrow limbs or their tail after they lost it due to an injury"

(acquire has a similar meaning as ...) gain through experience

"I acquired a strong aversion to television" "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong" "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position" "develop a passion for painting"

Definition 2: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect - [verb of change]

Samples where acquire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His voice took on a sad tone
  • The story took a new turn
  • he adopted an air of superiority
  • She assumed strange manners
  • The gods assume human or animal form in these fables

Synonyms for acquire in the sense of this definition

(acquire is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of acquire ) take on again, as after a time lapse

"He re-assumed his old behavior"

Definition 3: gain through experience - [verb of change]

Samples where acquire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I acquired a strong aversion to television
  • Children must develop a sense of right and wrong
  • Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position
  • develop a passion for painting

Synonyms for acquire in the sense of this definition

(acquire is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(acquire has a similar meaning as ...) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

"He grew a beard" "The patient developed abdominal pains" "I got funny spots all over my body" "Well-developed breasts"

(acquire has a similar meaning as ...) elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme

"develop the melody and change the key"

(acquire has a similar meaning as ...) elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

"Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"

(acquire has a similar meaning as ...) generate gradually

"We must develop more potential customers" "develop a market for the new mobile phone"

Definition 4: gain knowledge or skills - [verb of cognition]

Samples where acquire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She learned dancing from her sister
  • I learned Sanskrit
  • Children acquire language at an amazing rate

Synonyms for acquire in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of acquire ) learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it

"After the accident, he could not walk for months and had to relearn how to walk down stairs"

(... is a kind of acquire ) learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened

"I'm trying to catch up with the latest developments in molecular biology"

(... is a kind of acquire ) take up mentally

"he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

(... is a kind of acquire ) learn by reading books

"He is studying geology in his room" "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books now"

Definition 5: come into the possession of something concrete or abstract - [verb of possession]

Samples where acquire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She got a lot of paintings from her uncle
  • They acquired a new pet
  • Get your results the next day
  • Get permission to take a few days off from work

Synonyms for acquire in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of acquire ) obtain in pure form

"The chemist managed to isolate the compound"

(... is a kind of acquire ) regain or make up for

"recuperate one's losses"

(... is a kind of acquire ) claim back

(... is a kind of acquire ) come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

"Did you find your glasses?" "I cannot find my gloves!"

(... is a kind of acquire ) win something through one's efforts

"I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese" "Gain an understanding of international finance" "win someone's confidence and friendship"

(... is a kind of acquire ) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

"How much do you make a month in your new job?" "She earns a lot in her new job" "this merger brought in lots of money" "He clears $5,000 each month"

(... is a kind of acquire ) acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions

"its beauty won Paris the name 'City of Lights'"

(... is a kind of acquire ) derive a benefit from

"She profited from his vast experience"

(... is a kind of acquire ) have, give, or receive a share of

"We shared the cake"

(... is a kind of acquire ) acquire for oneself before others can do so

(... is a kind of acquire ) gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)

(... is a kind of acquire ) gather or collect

"You can get the results on Monday" "She picked up the children at the day care center" "They pick up our trash twice a week"

(... is a kind of acquire ) obtain from someone after their death

"I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get temporarily

"May I borrow your lawn mower?"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get in addition, as an increase

"The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"

(... is a kind of acquire ) acquire as a result of some effort or action

"You cannot get water out of a stone" "Where did she get these news?"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

"Catch some sleep" "catch one's breath"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get or find back; recover the use of

"She regained control of herself" "She found her voice and replied quickly"

(... is a kind of acquire ) come into possession of

"How did you obtain the visa?"

(... is a kind of acquire ) recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost

"We got back the money after we threatened to sue the company" "He got back his son from the kidnappers"

(... is a kind of acquire ) obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action

"Italians express coffee rather than filter it"

(... is a kind of acquire ) capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

"I caught a rabbit in the trap today"

(... is a kind of acquire ) obtain, especially accidentally

(... is a kind of acquire ) obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

"The family purchased a new car" "The conglomerate acquired a new company" "She buys for the big department store"

(... is a kind of acquire ) engage for service under a term of contract

"We took an apartment on a quiet street" "Let's rent a car" "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get something; come into possession of

"receive payment" "receive a gift" "receive letters from the front"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get by buying and selling

"the company turned a good profit after a year"

(... is a kind of acquire ) acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange

"She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"

(... is a kind of acquire ) obtain through effort or management

"She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents" "We found the money to send our sons to college"

(... is a kind of acquire ) seize upon or latch onto something

"The Republicans glommed onto Whitewater"

(... is a kind of acquire ) take possession of

"She entered upon the estate of her rich relatives"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get something or somebody for a specific purpose

"I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener" "I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing" "The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter"

(... is a kind of acquire ) receive willingly something given or offered

"The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter" "I won't have this dog in my house!" "Please accept my present"

(... is a kind of acquire ) get the votes of

(acquire has a similar meaning as ...) receive a specified treatment (abstract)

"These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation" "His movie received a good review" "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"

Definition 6: win something through one's efforts - [verb of possession]

Samples where acquire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese
  • Gain an understanding of international finance
  • win someone's confidence and friendship

Synonyms for acquire in the sense of this definition

(acquire is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

(... is a kind of acquire ) cheat or trick

"He cozened the money out of the old man"

Definition 7: locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar - [verb of stative]

(acquire is a kind of ...) determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey

"Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space" "Locate the boundaries of the property"

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