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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
acquire (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to get as one's own
a) to come into possession or control of often by unspecified means
b) to come to have as a new or added characteristic, trait, or ability (as by sustained effort or natural selection) - acquire fluency in French bacteria that acquire tolerance to antibiotics
2.
to locate and hold (a desired object) in a detector - acquire a target by radar
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
acquire (verb)
1.
to come to have gradually
SYNONIMS:
acquire, cultivate, form
RELATED WORDS:
absorb, adopt, embrace, take in, take on; gain, get, obtain; achieve, attain, reach; foster, nourish, nurture, promote
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abandon, desert, forsake; cast, discard, ditch, dump, fling (off away), jettison, junk, reject, scrap, shed, shuck (off), slough ( sluff), throw away, throw out, unload
lose
acquire (verb)
2.
to receive as return for effort
SYNONIMS:
acquire, attain, bag, bring in, capture, carry, come by, draw, gain, garner, get, knock down, land, make, obtain, procure, pull down, realize, reap, secure, win
RELATED WORDS:
clear, gross, net; accomplish, achieve, notch (up), score; accumulate, amass, draw, rack up; catch, pick up; annex, occupy, take over; reacquire, reattain, recapture, regain, remake
NEAR ANTONYMS:
accord, give, grant, pay; give up, hand over, part (with), relinquish, surrender, yield
forfeit, lose
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