acquire
\ \ [15] The original source of acquire, Latin acquīrere, meant literally ‘get something extra’. It was formed from the verb quaereretry to get or obtain’ (from which English gets query, the derivatives enquire and require, and, via the past participial stem, quest and question) plus the prefix ad-, conveying the idea of being additional. English borrowed the word via Old French acquerre, and it was originally spelled acquere, but around 1600 the spelling was changed to acquire, supposedly to bring it more into conformity with its Latin source.
\ \ Cf.QUERY, QUEST, QUESTION

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Acquire — Material von Acquire Daten zum Spiel Autor Sid Sackson Verlag 3M (1962, 1968) Schmidt Spiele (1968, 1982, 1993, 1997) Avalon Hill (1971) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • acquire — ac·quire /ə kwīr/ vt ac·quired, ac·quir·ing: to come into possession, ownership, or control of: obtain as one s own the target s directors don t want the company to be acquired R. C. Clark the court acquired jurisdiction ac·quir·er also… …   Law dictionary

  • acquire — ac‧quire [əˈkwaɪə ǁ əˈkwaɪr] verb [transitive] 1. FINANCE to buy a company: • The group wants to acquire the company for $18 a share. 2. acquire a holding/​an interest/​a stake FINANCE to buy part of a company …   Financial and business terms

  • Acquire — jeu de société {{{licence}}} Autres noms Grand Hôtel Trust Auteur Sid Sackson …   Wikipédia en Français

  • acquire — [ə kwīr′] vt. acquired, acquiring [L acquirere < ad , to + quaerere, to seek] 1. to get or gain by one s own efforts or actions [to acquire an education] 2. to come to have as one s own; get possession of [to acquire certain traits] SYN. GET… …   English World dictionary

  • Acquire — Ac*quire , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acquired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acquiring}.] [L. acquirere, acquisitum; ad + quarere to seek for. In OE. was a verb aqueren, fr. the same, through OF. aquerre. See {Quest}..] To gain, usually by one s own exertions; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquire — (v.) mid 15c., acqueren, from O.Fr. aquerre acquire, gain, earn, procure, from V.L. *acquaerere, from L. acquirere to seek in addition to (see ACQUISITION (Cf. acquisition)). Reborrowed in current form from Latin c.1600. Related: ACQUIRED (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquire — obtain, *get, gain, win, secure, procure Analogous words: attain, achieve, compass, *reach: annex, *add, superadd: *buy, purchase: *take, seize, snatch, grab Antonyms: forfeit Contrasted words: alienate, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acquire — [v] obtain or receive access, achieve, amass, annex, attain, bring in, buy, catch, collect, cop*, corral*, earn, gain, gather, get, get hands on, get hold of, grab, have, hustle, land, latch onto, lock up, pick up, procure, promote, rack up*,… …   New thesaurus

  • acquire — ► VERB 1) come to possess. 2) learn or develop (a skill, quality, etc.). DERIVATIVES acquirement noun acquirer noun. ORIGIN Latin acquirere get in addition , from quaerere seek …   English terms dictionary

  • Acquire — For the game developer, see Acquire (game developer). For other uses, see Acquisition (disambiguation). Acquire The 1999 Hasbro version of Acquire Designer(s) Sid Sackson Publisher(s) …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”