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Overview of verb acquire

The verb acquire has 7 senses? (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (34) get, acquire

(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")

2. (5) assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take

(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")

3. (1) grow, develop, produce, get, acquire

(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")

4. acquire

(locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar)

5. acquire, win, gain

(win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance")

6. learn, larn, acquire

(gain knowledge or skills; "She learned dancing from her sister"; "I learned Sanskrit"; "Children acquire language at an amazing rate")

7. develop, acquire, evolve

(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")

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