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acquire
used in The Fountainhead

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Definition
obtain (come into the possession of something)
  • One must never allow oneself to acquire an exaggerated sense of one's own importance.
    2.4 — Part 2 Chapter 4 (**% in)
acquire = coming into the possession of
  • Readers acquired erudition without study, authority without cost, judgment without effort.
    1.6 — Part 1 Chapter 6 (20% in)
  • The Heller house acquired fame throughout the countryside surrounding it.
    1.11 — Part 1 Chapter 11 (96% in)
  • It's something one acquires.
    1.13 — Part 1 Chapter 13 (11% in)
  • I have no organ to acquire it with.
    1.13 — Part 1 Chapter 13 (11% in)
  • He had to beat that man; nothing else mattered; there was no Peter Keating, there was only a suction chamber, like the kind of tropical plant he'd heard about, a plant that drew an insect into its vacuum and sucked it dry and thus acquired its own substance.
    1.14 — Part 1 Chapter 14 (19% in)
  • She acquired a brisk little tone of condescension for the reporters.
    1.15 — Part 1 Chapter 15 (35% in)
  • She acquired a mink coat.
    1.15 — Part 1 Chapter 15 (35% in)
  • He had acquired the knowledge of one thing: he hated Roark.
    1.15 — Part 1 Chapter 15 (69% in)
  • At this period he began to acquire friends.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (33% in)
  • He acquired a sizable following among the young heirs, the second and third generation millionaires.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (52% in)
  • Toohey acquired a reputation and an unofficial monopoly.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (71% in)
  • Men like you and me would not survive beyond their first fifteen years if they did not acquire the patience of a Chinese executioner.
    2.11 — Part 2 Chapter 11 (94% in)
  • # "It is not our function—paraphrasing a philosopher whom we do not like—to be a fly swatter, but when a fly acquires delusions of grandeur, the best of us must stoop to do a little job of extermination.
    2.12 — Part 2 Chapter 12 (2% in)
  • It is difficult enough to acquire fame.
    2.12 — Part 2 Chapter 12 (41% in)
  • It is impossible to change its nature once you've acquired it.
    2.12 — Part 2 Chapter 12 (41% in)
  • You won't have lost your identity—you will merely have acquired a broader one, an identity that will be part of everybody else and of the whole universe.
    2.13 — Part 2 Chapter 13 (71% in)
  • The most passionate objector was a young architect who made an eloquent speech, his voice trembling with the embarrassment of speaking in public for the first time; he said that he admired Ellsworth Toohey and had always agreed with Toohey's social ideals, but if a group of people felt that some person was acquiring power over them, that was the time to fight such a person.
    2.15 — Part 2 Chapter 15 (59% in)
  • She wore a white silk dress with long sleeves and a cowl neck, a nun's garment that acquired the startling effect of an evening gown only by being so flagrantly unsuited to that purpose.
    3.3 — Part 3 Chapter 3 (58% in)
  • He had acquired a pleasant habit of dropping in and out of Scarret's office at all hours.
    3.7 — Part 3 Chapter 7 (76% in)
  • She thought that relaxation was attractive only in those for whom it was an unnatural state; then even limpness acquired purpose.
    3.9 — Part 3 Chapter 9 (5% in)
  • Don't go acquiring horror complexes about anyone as big as Ellsworth Toohey.
    3.9 — Part 3 Chapter 9 (77% in)
  • Keating had acquired a sharp, intractable manner in the last few years.
    4.1 — Part 4 Chapter 1 (95% in)
  • We must acquire a philosophical perspective.
    4.6 — Part 4 Chapter 6 (1% in)
  • She acquired an impatient anger against all those who disagreed with her political views.
    4.6 — Part 4 Chapter 6 (37% in)
  • "You're acquiring the bad habits of all commuters, Gail," she said, "imposing your country hours on guests from the city who are not used to them."
    4.9 — Part 4 Chapter 9 (26% in)
  • She acquired a permanent job by getting herself appointed Director of Social Recreation for Cortlandt.
    4.12 — Part 4 Chapter 12 (19% in)
  • The walls he had designed, the chairs he used, a package of his cigarettes on a table, the routine necessities of life that could acquire splendor when life became what it was now.
    4.17 — Part 4 Chapter 17 (35% in)

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