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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 habits. [1913 Webster] No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step. --Barrow. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: To obtain; gain; attain; procure; win; earn; secure. See Obtain. [1913 Webster]