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.
n : the act of acquiring something; "I envied his talent for
acquiring"; "he's much more interested in the getting
than in the giving" [syn: getting]