From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Acquire \Ac*quire"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acquired; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Acquiring.] [L. acquirere, acquisitum; ad + quarere
   to seek for. In OE. was a verb aqueren, fr. the same, through
   OF. aquerre. See Quest..]
   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
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         No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step.
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         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.
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   Syn: To obtain; gain; attain; procure; win; earn; secure. See
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