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 for acquire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 get as one's own;
     as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad
     habits.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step.
                                                    --Barrow.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Descent is the title whereby a man, on the death of his
           ancestor, acquires his estate, by right of
           representation, as his heir at law.      --Blackstone.
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     Syn: To obtain; gain; attain; procure; win; earn; secure. See
          Obtain.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  acquire
      v 1: come into the possession of something concrete or abstract;
           "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired
           a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get
           permission to take a few days off from work" [syn: get,
           acquire]
      2: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took
         on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an
         air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods
         assume human or animal form in these fables" [syn: assume,
         acquire, adopt, take on, take]
      3: come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and
         attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed
         abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body";
         "Well-developed breasts" [syn: grow, develop, produce,
         get, acquire]
      4: locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such
         as radar
      5: win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing
         knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of
         international finance" [syn: acquire, win, gain] [ant:
         lose]
      6: gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her
         sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at
         an amazing rate" [syn: learn, larn, acquire]
      7: gain through experience; "I acquired a strong aversion to
         television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and
         wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new
         position"; "develop a passion for painting" [syn: develop,
         acquire, evolve]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "acquire":
     accept, accumulate, achieve, add, admit, amass, annex, assume, bag,
     be responsible for, be seized of, bring down, bring in, bring on,
     bring upon, buy, capture, catch, catch up, claim, clap hands on,
     clasp, claw, clench, clinch, clutch, collect, come by, come in for,
     come into, contract, corral, cumulate, derive, derive from,
     drag down, drain off, draw, draw down, draw from, draw off, earn,
     embrace, enter into possession, fall in with, fall into, gain,
     garner, get, get hold of, glom on to, grab, grab hold of, grapple,
     grasp, grip, gripe, harvest, have, have coming in, hug, incur,
     invite, knock down, land, lay hands on, lay hold of, loot, make,
     nail, net, nip, nip up, obtain, palm, partake, pick up, pillage,
     pocket, possess, procure, pull down, purchase, reach, reap,
     receive, run, sack, score, secure, seize, snap up, snatch, steal,
     take, take by assault, take by storm, take hold of, take in,
     take on, take over, take possession, welcome, whip up, win
  
  

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