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acquire   WordNet 2.0

- 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"

 
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- 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"

 
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- 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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- acquire or gain knowledge or skills
"She learned dancing from her sister"
"I learned Sanskrit"
"Children acquire language at an amazing rate"

 
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- 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"

 
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- win something through one''s efforts
"I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"
"Gain an understanding of international finance"

 
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- locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar

 
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Acquire   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. 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." --

Syn. -- To obtain; gain; attain; procure; win; earn; secure. See Obtain.

 
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