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Dictionary definition for: Acquire

1. (v) 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"

2. (v) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "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"

3. (v) 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"

4. (v) locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar

5. (v) win something through one''s efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese" "Gain an understanding of international finance"

6. (v) acquire or gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister" "I learned Sanskrit" "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"

7. (v) 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"

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