transitive verb[with object]
1Buy or obtain (an asset or object) for oneself.
obtain, come by, come to have, get, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, come in for, take possession of, take receipt of, be givenView synonyms
- ‘I managed to acquire all the books I needed’
2Learn or develop (a skill, habit, or quality)‘you must acquire the rudiments of Greek’
learn, learn thoroughly, become proficient in, know inside out, know backwards, become expert in, acquire, pick up, grasp, understandView synonyms
- ‘I've acquired a taste for whiskey’
- 2.1Come to have (a particular reputation) as a result of one's behavior or activities.
- ‘he acquired a reputation for scrupulous honesty’
- an acquired taste
A thing that one comes to like over time.
- ‘pumpkin pie is an acquired taste’
Late Middle English acquere, from Old French aquerre, based on Latin acquirere ‘get in addition’, from ad- ‘to’ + quaerere ‘seek’. The English spelling was modified (c1600) by association with the Latin word.