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English definition of “acquire”

acquire

verb [T]     /əˈkwaɪər/
to buy or take control of a company or part of a company , often by buying shares in it: They acquired a chain of about 20 phone shops .acquire control/ownership of sth He had just acquired control of the New York Times .be acquired by sb/sth Mutual of New York was later acquired by French insurance conglomerate AXA. Many checkout staff acquired shares in the company .
MARKETING to get the legal right to use or do something: acquire rights to sth The broadcaster did not disclose exactly how it acquired rights to the material .
to get something that is important to your business : We've acquired a million new customers in a year . It's a good time to acquire new talent .
WORKPLACE to get something that is important to you in your job : Aptitude tests attempt to judge a person's ability to acquire new skills .
(Definition of acquire verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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