- –verb (used with object), -quired, -quir·ing.1.to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own:to acquire property.2.to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: toacquire learning.3.Linguistics . to achieve native or nativelike command of (alanguage or a linguistic rule or element).4.Military . to locate and track (a moving target) with adetector, as radar. Use acquire in a SentenceOrigin:
1400–50; < L acquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire ( ac-ac- + -quīrere, comb. form of quaerere to search for, obtain); r.late ME aquere < MF aquerre < L —Related formsac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveac·quir·a·bil·i·ty, nounac·quir·er, nounpre·ac·quire, verb, -quired, -quir·ing.re·ac·quire, verb (used with object), -quired, -quir·ing.self-ac·quired, adjectiveun·ac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·quired, adjectivewell-ac·quired, adjective —Synonyms 1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.