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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.
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acquireverb [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. He has acquired a ​reputation for being ​difficult to ​work with.
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acquireverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈkwaɪər/
to ​buy or take ​control of a ​company or ​part of a ​company, often by ​buyingshares in it: They acquired a ​chain of about 20 ​phoneshops.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 ​insuranceconglomerate AXA. Many ​checkoutstaff acquired ​shares in the ​company.
MARKETING to get the ​legalright 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.
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