ac·quire /əˈkwaɪ(ə)r/ 及物動詞
Ac·quire v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acquired p. pr. & vb. n. Acquiring ] 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.
v 1: 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" [syn:
2: 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" [syn: assume, adopt, take on, take]
3: 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" [syn: grow, develop, produce,
4: locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such
5: win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing
knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of
international finance" [syn: win, gain] [ant: lose]
6: acquire or gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing
from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire
language at an amazing rate" [syn: learn, larn]
7: 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" [syn: develop,