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English verb: acquire

1. acquire (possession) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

SamplesShe 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.

ExamplesThe children acquire the ball


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Narrower (hyponym)accept, acquire, benefit, borrow, bring in, buy, buy, call for, capture, catch, catch, charter, clear, collect, come by, come into, come up, come upon, earn, earn, engage, enter upon, express, extract, find, find, find, find, gain, gain, gain, garner, gather up, get, get back, get hold, glom, have, have, hire, inherit, isolate, lease, line up, luck into, make, obtain, partake, partake in, pick up, pick up, poll, preempt, preempt, press out, profit, pull in, purchase, realise, realize, receive, reclaim, recoup, recover, recover, recuperate, regain, regain, rent, repossess, retrieve, share, take, take, take in, turn, win, win back

Verb groupfind, get, incur, obtain, receive

2. acquire (change) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

SamplesHis 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.

Synonymsadopt, assume, take, take on

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)re-assume

3. acquire (body) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

SamplesHe grew a beard.
The patient developed abdominal pains.
I got funny spots all over my body.
Well-developed breasts.

Synonymsdevelop, get, grow, produce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)cut, feather, fledge, get up, leaf, pod, pupate, regrow, spring, sprout, stock, stool, teethe, tiller, work up

Verb groupacquire, develop, evolve

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)locate, situate

5. acquire (possession) win something through one's efforts

SamplesI acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese.
Gain an understanding of international finance.

Synonymsgain, win

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)cozen


6. acquire (cognition) gain knowledge or skills

SamplesShe learned dancing from her sister.
I learned Sanskrit.
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.

Synonymslarn, learn

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)absorb, assimilate, catch up, hit the books, ingest, relearn, study, take in

7. acquire (change) gain through experience

SamplesI 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.

Synonymsdevelop, evolve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Verb groupacquire, develop, develop, develop, develop, explicate, formulate, get, grow, produce

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