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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: aquerre, from Latin acquirere, from ad- 'to' + quaerere 'to look for, obtain'

acquire

verb
     
ac‧quire W2 [transitive]
1 formal to obtain something by buying it or being given it:
Manning hoped to acquire valuable works of art as cheaply as possible.
She has acquired an email address and a site on the WorldWide Web.
2 to get or gain something:
The college acquired a reputation for very high standards.
3 to gain knowledge or learn a skill:
He spent years acquiring his skills as a surgeon.
Elsie acquired a good knowledge of Chinese.
4

acquire a taste for something

to begin to like something:
She had acquired a taste for European beer.
5

an acquired taste

something that people only begin to like after they have tried it a few times

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