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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of acquire.


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  • Hence, in speaking of a fast color, it becomes necessary to refer specially to the particular influences which it resists before the term acquires a definite meaning.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • Through the opposition of the Hebrew prophets, the term acquires distasteful associations that were originally foreign to it.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • When capitalized, the term acquires the sense of "Ukrainian genocide."


  • The title acquires a double meaning, as the two save the mall where Green Lantern is shopping from the destructive schemes of a deeply troubled teenager.

  • But sometimes a term acquires meaning by being denigrated, as Obama did with this one.


  • The word acquires its modi significandi through a second act of imposition encoding all of the general syntactic roles it can play in connection with other words and expressions, i.e., the various parts of speech it can fulfill (e.g., noun, verb, adverb) and the grammatical forms of these parts (e.g., the gender, number, and case of nouns; the tense and mood of verbs).

    Thomas of Erfurt

  • The information a subject acquires is consciously chosen.

    The Prize in Economics 1982 - Press Release

  • The amount of information a firm or household acquires is guided by the same comparisons between costs and benefits as the production of any commodity.

    The Prize in Economics 1982 - Press Release

  • There is here a further reason for the point, inasmuch as the phrase acquires from its position almost the importance of an independent statement.

    "Stops", Or How to Punctuate A Practical Handbook for Writers and Students

  • Nevertheless, the novel is there, with its boundless substance, and the reader finds a certain solace in the heightened awareness which he acquires from the inevitable element of tragedy inherent in all life.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1937 - Presentation Speech


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