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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acquirement an ability that has been acquired by training
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australian Graham Barker extracted his own belly button fluff every day for 18 years acquiring a record-breaking amount of fluff. He hopes to accumulate enough fluff to stuff a pillow
    • n Acquirement The act of acquiring, or that which is acquired; attainment. "Rules for the acquirement of a taste.""His acquirements by industry were . . . enriched and enlarged by many excellent endowments of nature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Parrots, most famous of all talking birds, rarely acquire a vocabulary of more than twenty words, however Tymhoney Greys and African Greys have been know to carry vocabularies in excess of 100 words.
    • n acquirement The act of acquiring; especially, the gaining of knowledge or mental attributes.
    • n acquirement That which is acquired; attainment: commonly in the plural.
    • n acquirement Synonyms Gathering, gaining.
    • n acquirement Acquirements, Acquisitions, Attainments, Accomplishments, Endowments, Enduements; gain, resources. Acquisitions is the most general term, but it is gradually being restricted to material gains. Attainments denotes exclusively intellectual or moral acquisitions: as, a man of great attainments; his spiritual attainments were high. Acquirements has nearly the same meaning as attainments, though it is sometimes loosely used as equivalent to acquisitions; it has more direct reference to particular things acquired: as, skill in boxing was among his acquirements. Accomplishments are attainments or acquirements, particularly such as fit the possessor for society: as, French, dancing, and music were the sum of her accomplishments. Endowments are the gifts of nature, as genius or aptitude. Enduements are endowments, acquirements, or attainments in the field of moral and spiritual life, but they are opposed to attainments in being regarded as gifts from heaven rather than as the result of personal endeavor. See endue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Dutch acquired Surinam in exchange for Manhattan Island in 1667.
    • ns Acquirement something learned or got by effort, rather than a gift of nature
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Love is a given, hatred is acquired.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
    “The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he justly entitled.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.”
  • Sri Anandamayi Ma
    Sri Anandamayi Ma
    “Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aquerre—L. acquirĕre, -quisitumad, to, and quærĕre, to seek.


In literature:

There is a great difference in boys, as well as men, about the ability to use the information acquired.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
Hence he could not be induced by any offer or consideration to alienate any property he had once acquired.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
And, at seventy, I have not yet acquired it.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
Even his nose acquires a peculiar sensitiveness.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
You see, Fisheye has his money sewed to him and it makes it hard to acquire.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
In virtue of the fourth law the acquirements of the individual become the property of the race.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
This collection the government did not acquire, and it is now in the museum at Geneva.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The position assigned the newly acquired territory within the Empire was anomalous.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
And he acquired leading ideas that transformed his whole attitude towards architecture.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Abraham Lincoln inherited no opportunities, and acquired nothing by luck.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I had now been above a year in the hands of the Turcomans, during which I had acquired the entire confidence of my master.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
I had acquired the favour of the first lieutenant by a constant attention to the little duties he gave me to perform.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
While treating of acquired sexual inversion, he only thinks of debauchees.
"A Problem in Modern Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
A perfect outline is of most consequence, and can only be acquired by study.
"The Use of a Box of Colours" by Harry Willson
Iron ore has poles, and acquires them, and settles itself toward the poles of the universe.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester
Julia has no right to more than her half share; she must not take more: money kept by wrong, acquired by injustice, never prospers.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
If he could acquire property he came within its consideration.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
No man ever acquired riches at 4 per cent.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
The 3rd marquess of Bute acquired the ruins in 1897.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
Mr. Fenton's peculiarities, on the contrary, arose from his intelligence, his acquirements, and his independence of character.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding

In poetry:

I once Afghans acquire the grace
Of unanimity
Aged Khushal will thereupon
Become a youth again
"As I Look On" by Khoshal Khan Khattak
And if we ever acquire
The perfect life we crave,
A subtle warning tells us
Its background is the grave.
"The Postern Gate" by John Lawson Stoddard
She's built of fibre-glass, of course. I call her 'Mandy Jane'
After a bird I used to know - No soda, please, just plain -
And how did I acquire her? Well, to tell you about that
And to put you in the picture, I must wear my other hat.
"Executive" by Sir John Betjeman
Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership,
And that junior partnership I ween,
Was the only ship that I ever had seen:
But that kind of ship so suited me,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!
"The First Lord's Song" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership.
And that junior partnership, I ween,
Was the only ship that I ever had seen.
But that kind of ship so suited me,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Thus died, at the age of thirty-eight, James Graham, Marquis of Montrose,
Who was brought to a premature grave by his bitter foes;
A commander who had acquired great military glory
In a short space of time, which cannot be equalled in story.
"The Execution of James Graham, Marquis of Montrose" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Bon -Ton acquired the leasehold interests in the Springfield store as part of the Elder-Beerman acquisition in 2003.
The companies said Wednesday that Hammer has acquired the rights to the novel. has an agreement to acquire AbeBooks, an online marketplace of more than 110 million used, rare and out-of-print books.
WS Packaging Group, Inc has acquired Business Graphics Printing Inc, which specializes in offset printing and production of instructional booklets and inserts.
's special collections recently acquired it from a New Jersey rare- book dealer for $95,000, university officials said Thursday.
LeighFisher announced today that it has acquired the London and Netherlands-based transportation practice of Booz & Company to strengthen its European infrastructure consulting operations.
LeighFisher Acquires UK/Europe Transport Consultancy Business from Booz & Co.
Newly acquired Bears receiver Brandon Marshall revealed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel last summer that he has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
A recent survey prompted Ace Clearwater Enterprises to acquire a boring mill and implement a new MRP system.
Safran acquires 'Born Again Ben'.
3M will acquire Ceradyne Inc in an $860 million deal, the two companies announced this week.
Boundless Network Acquires PromoCorp Volume 640 September 1, 2009.
Boundless Network Acquires Image Evolution Volume 657 October 29, 2009.
Brooks Instrument acquires Celerity 's Instrumentation division.
NEW YORK — Cerberus Capital Management, which owns Albertsons LLC, may be looking to reunite the stores as it has reportedly emerged as a possible suitor to acquire all or part of Supervalu, according to published reports.

In science:

The papers I have published in the two preceding years show the need of acquiring stellar spectra on an as large as possible wavelength range.
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
The solid curve Sw (z ) corresponds to the mean specific entropy acquired by warm IGM gas from scales above the cluster scale at redshift z .
The phase-diagram of the IGM and the entropy floor of groups and clusters: are clusters born warm?
Thus, Tad is the temperature reached by some adiabatic gas falling from the outer warm IGM into the cluster, with an initial entropy Sext acquired in a larger-scale filament.
The phase-diagram of the IGM and the entropy floor of groups and clusters: are clusters born warm?
At a critical disorder the states acquire a special property of multifractality [6, 7] which marks a qualitative difference as compared to truly delocalized states in a metal and truly localized states in an insulator.
Energy level statistics of a critical random matrix ensemble
In this section, we describe the criteria used to target candidate GCs for observation with the Low Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (LRIS; Oke et al. 1995), the procedures used to acquire and reduce the LRIS spectra, and the methods used to define the composite GC database for M49.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Our assumed mixing of shocked wind and infall is, in fact, an agent for decol limation. A fluid element of the wind, initially moving radially outward, acquires a positive θ-velocity.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
This means that, if initially one of the agents acquire a significant fraction of the total wealth (by random fluctuations), then the dynamics of the YS model assures that the agent will consolidate this position.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
The greater the value of wealth acquired by the agent, the larger is the number of successive unfavorable outcomes needed (and therefore, more and more unlikely to occur) to shift it from the status of the richer agent.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
Further decrease of β leads to the increasing condensation of the wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer agents, until, at β = 0, a single agent acquires all the wealth (the conventional YS model).
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
If this coating is birefringent the inputs H V and V H will acquire different phase shifts upon double-reflection.
Diagnosis, prescription and prognosis of a Bell-state filter by quantum process tomography
This follows from the observation that the standard Fermi liquid theory for the BCS d-wave quasiparticles, besides the usual spatial symmetries, also acquires an additional continuous (‘chiral’ ) symmetry at low energies.
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
Note the weak redistribution of the intensity from the ‘resonance’ in the center to the ‘parallel’ incommensurate peaks, which now will also acquire an upward dispersion.
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
Q = (π, π)) or SDW ( ~Q 6= (π, π)) order, on the other hand, quasiparticles would acquire precisely such a gap at the nodes.
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
And since the Navier-Stokes equation is closely connected to turbulence (Frisch 1999), the extension to the use of an effective turbulent viscosity to study a spherically symmetric accreting system, acquires some justification for itself.
Viscosity in spherically symmetric accretion
The VLT spectra were acquired with the FORS1 spectrograph in MOS mode, under 1 arcsec seeing, and with a slit width of 1 arcsec.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources