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verb (v)

  • come into the possession of something concrete or abstract (verb.possession)
    Synonym: get
    They acquired a new pet.
    source: wordnet30
  • take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect (verb.change)
    Synonym: adopt, assume, take, take on
    source: wordnet30
  • come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes) (verb.body)
    Synonym: develop, get, grow, produce
    source: wordnet30
  • locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • win something through one's efforts (verb.possession)
    Synonym: gain, win
    Antonym: lose
    I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese.
    source: wordnet30
  • gain knowledge or skills (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: larn, learn
    Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
    source: wordnet30
  • gain through experience (verb.change)
    Synonym: develop, evolve
    I acquired a strong aversion to television.
    source: wordnet30
  • To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own; as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad habits. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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