|Acquire (Ac*quire") (#), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Acquired (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Acquiring (#).]
[L. acquirere, acquisitum; ad + quarere to seek for. In OE. was a verb aqueren, fr. the same, through OF. aquerre. See Quest..]
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. "No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step." Barrow. "Descent is the title whereby a man, on the death of his ancestor, acquires his estate, by right of representation, as his heir at law." Blackstone.
Synonyms -- To obtain; gain; attain; procure; win; earn; secure. See Obtain.
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