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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kwahyuh r]
    • /əˈkwaɪər/
    • /əˈkwaɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kwahyuh r]
    • /əˈkwaɪər/

Definitions of acquiring word

  • verb with object acquiring to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property. 1
  • verb with object acquiring to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning. 1
  • verb with object acquiring Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element). 1
  • verb with object acquiring Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar. 1
  • noun acquiring Present participle of acquire. 0

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Origin of acquiring

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; < Latin acquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire (ac- ac- + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to search for, obtain); replacing late Middle English aquere < Middle French aquerre < Latin

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Parts of speech for Acquiring


acquiring popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

acquiring usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acquiring

noun acquiring

  • buying — (as modifier)
  • receipt — a written acknowledgment of having received, or taken into one's possession, a specified amount of money, goods, etc.
  • recipience — the act of receiving; reception.
  • acquisition — If a company or business person makes an acquisition, they buy another company or part of a company.
  • caboodle — a lot, bunch, or group (esp in the phrases the whole caboodle, the whole kit and caboodle)

adjective acquiring

  • receiving — to take into one's possession (something offered or delivered): to receive many gifts.
  • realising — to grasp or understand clearly.
  • realizing — to grasp or understand clearly.

Antonyms for acquiring

noun acquiring

  • selling — of or relating to a sale or sales: the selling price of oranges.

Top questions with acquiring

  • what does acquiring mean?
  • how to start acquiring assets?
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