[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(The Dallas Morning News,...)
Natural_gas public_utility companies would be given the right of eminent_domain , under a bill by Sen._Frank_Owen /3 , of El_Paso , to acquire sites for underground storage reservoirs for gas .(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
( Babin has acquired some of Schnabel 's keyboard manner , but his playing is of limited insight . )(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
Also , among the latter a large percentage soon acquire the prevalent Southern attitude on most social problems .(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
Apparently the population as_a_whole eventually acquires enough confidence in the explanations of the scientists to modify its procedures and its fears .(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)
An aggressor would use an agent against which there was a minimal naturally acquired or artificially induced immunity in a target population .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
Other innovations with better claims to musical interest survived rehearing to acquire in_time the status of classics .(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
In recent years gagwriters have discovered this brand of blunder and thus the misplaced modifier has acquired a new habitat in the gagline .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(Mr. America, 4:6...)
Now good definition is one thing that all_of us can acquire with occasional high-set , high-rep , light weight workouts .
[ verb ] locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
[ verb ] 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"