Meaning of “acquire” in the English Dictionary

"acquire" in British English

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acquireverb [ T ]

uk /əˈkwaɪər/ us /əˈkwaɪɚ/

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.
He has acquired a reputation for being difficult to work with.

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(Definition of “acquire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"acquire" in American English

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acquireverb [ T ]

us /əˈkwɑɪər/

to obtain or begin to have something:

His family acquired the property in 1985.
She acquired her love of the outdoors as a child.

(Definition of “acquire” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"acquire" in Business English

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acquireverb [ T ]

uk /əˈkwaɪər/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)