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Definition obtain (come into the possession of something)
  • As we acquire a more powerful vocabulary, we acquire greater breadth and precision in our ability to understand and describe the world.
acquire = obtain (get)
  • Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
  • acquire = obtain (get)
  • They are working to acquire nuclear weapons.
  • acquire = obtain (get)
  • 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
  • acquired = obtained (came into possession of)
  • One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one's own importance.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • acquire = coming into the possession of
  • It was a habit he had acquired.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • acquired = came into the possession of
  • She knew she could not afford it, and she was afraid of acquiring so expensive a taste.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • acquiring = obtaining
  • 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
  • acquired = obtained
  • 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
  • acquire = get (pick up)
  • We are convinced that Jonas has the ability to acquire wisdom.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • acquire = obtain (come into possession of)
  • 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
  • acquired = obtained (come into possession of)
  • 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
  • acquire = obtain (come into possession of)
  • 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
  • acquired = obtained (came into the possession of)
  • His painfully acquired armory of symptoms, catchwords, and diagnostic procedures is now to be put to use at last.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • acquired = obtained (came into possession of)
  • In that way, the name acquired a quasi-official status.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • acquired = obtaining (coming into possession of)
  • 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
  • acquired = obtained (come into possession of)
  • I think that they can, and that they will acquire some wisdom.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • acquire = obtain (come into possession of)
  • We acquired no traumas from watching our father win or lose.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • acquired = picked up
  • In addition to Jem's newly developed characteristics, he had acquired a maddening air of wisdom.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • acquired = obtained (came into possession of)
  •   "The fourth essential attribute," the Chief Elder said, "is wisdom."
      Jonas has not yet acquired that.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
acquired = obtained (came into the possession of)

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