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English definition of “acquire”

acquire

verb [T] uk   /əˈkwaɪər/ us    /-ˈkwaɪɚ/
B2 to get something: He acquired the firm in 2008. I was wearing a newly/recently acquired jacket. I seem to have acquired (= have got although I don't know how) two copies of this book. During this period he acquired a reputation for being a womanizer.
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