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Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
  obtain (come into the possession of something)
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  • Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
  • They are working to acquire nuclear weapons.
  • As we acquire a more powerful vocabulary, we acquire greater breadth and precision in our ability to understand and describe the world.
  • One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • what’s wrong with a man becoming intelligent and wanting to acquire knowledge and understanding of the world around him?
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • In that way, the name acquired a quasi-official status.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Eddie and Morton ... fired the nozzles of their newly acquired flamethrowers and watched the huts ignite.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort;
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Thirty-four days later, I cried as I stuffed my collection of arts-and-crafts projects and the folders of schoolwork I had acquired into a small cardboard box.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • He was famous for shoplifting and his black-handled switchblade (which he couldn’t have acquired without his first talent),
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders

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  • ...his cautious habit, acquired from his travelling, of...
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • It was a habit he had acquired.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I determined to go into business at once, and not wait to acquire the usual capital, using such slender means as I had already got.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • whilst he had endured much trouble in acquiring, he had but little in keeping.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • a philosopher who should go deep enough to acquire the power would attain too lofty a wisdom to stoop to the exercise of it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • She knew she could not afford it, and she was afraid of acquiring so expensive a taste.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The mischief is merely that each one has much too much power. A non-com, can torment a private, a lieutenant a non-com, a captain a lieutenant, until he goes mad. And because they know they can, they all soon acquire the habit more or less.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • His painfully acquired armory of symptoms, catchwords, and diagnostic procedures is now to be put to use at last.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Overnight, it seemed, Jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me: several times he went so far as to tell me what to do.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I do not think, comrades, that I shall be with you for many months longer, and before I die, I feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as I have acquired.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • We are convinced that Jonas has the ability to acquire wisdom.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Of the military exploits by which our various possessions were acquired, or of the energy with which we or our fathers drove back the tide of war, Hellenic or Barbarian, I will not speak; for the tale would be long and is familiar to you.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Most business is done online; the Admiral is able to acquire about one retired jet a month.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • He looked at me with dark brown eyes, sharp eyes, not the glazed-milk color some elderly acquire.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Celeste was stumbling up the marble steps, and Natalie had acquired some poor guard’s hat.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Her voice was starting to acquire a bitter edge.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She held me back, and 1 was happy to find I’d acquired an unexpected friend.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Somehow he had acquired a second blade; he wasn’t sure where.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • At some point, the little girl had acquired Bear.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Once a week we take a series of meetings with these guys, Ty-wannabes, and they try to convince us that we need to acquire them.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • This process included purging any contraband they might have, acquiring new stuff at commissary, and loading them up with snacks and messages to carry to women who were doing time down the hill.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • These biological and psychosocial developments explain what is obvious to parents, teachers, and any adult who reflects on his or her own teenage years: Young teens lack the maturity, independence, and future orientation that adults have acquired.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I just never really acquired the taste for red meat.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Those members of the staff who had not had the opportunity to acquire even quasi-military status were reduced to the expedient of inventing suitable ranks — field ranks if they were senior men, and subaltern ranks for the juniors.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • After realizing that I could neither make a string nor acquire a new one, I sat back down and began to learn to play with only six strings.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "You’ve acquired a pet, archangel.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • He had since acquired a business partner, Ginger Pete, offering personal training to clients over a forty-mile area, and two liveried vans on credit.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • They’ve had centuries to amass fortunes, acquire property, build armies ….
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He was not told how to get to the Monk Building, for example, and had found it necessary to ask directions to the nearest bus stop, acquire a schedule from a dishonest bus driver who tried to trick him into paying for it, and walk several blocks to catch the Third Street bus.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • …a certain amount of derring-do in order to come up with the proper ingredients for the resurrection pill, stuff like Inigo finding some frog dust while Fezzik is off after holocaust mud, this latter, for example, requiring, first, Fezzik’s acquiring a holocaust cloak Jo he doesn’t burn to death gathering the mud, etc. Well, it’s my conviction that this is the same kind of thing as the Wizard of Oz sending Dorothy’s friends to the wicked witch’s castle; it’s got the same feel,’ ifyou…
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • In that moonlit hour, I acquired a sense of the otherness of things.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Organizers said approximately 5,000 birds are acquired for the event.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • Clear thinking requires a command of the English language, and fifth grade is the ideal time for every girl and boy to acquire an expanded vocabulary.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • One afternoon a woman a few seats away observed me looking at the change I had just acquired from paying for lunch.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Pattie has Quang-ha immediately take down the garbage to the Dumpster because the kitchen is a trash-free zone now We all help clean up and put away the leftovers, and then we make ourselves at home on the newly acquired, used furniture.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • The vision of flying teeth was acquiring details.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Everything went on as before, and Douglas went on being Douglas O’Brian—although, since Abby developed a habit of calling him "my little stem," he did acquire a nickname.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Still, I do not doubt that you will acquire even those, in time.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • In one hand I clutch a small brown suitcase that, excepting the cross, contains everything I have in the world, all newly acquired: a bible, two sets of clothes, a hat, a black coat several sizes too small, a pair of shoes.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Now he just needed to acquire a target, preferably before it acquired him.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
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