- acquire ac‧quire [əˈkwaɪə ǁ əˈkwaɪr] verb [transitive]1. FINANCE to buy a company:
• The group wants to acquire the company for $18 a share.2. acquire a holding/an interest/a stake FINANCE to buy part of a company:
• It has acquired a 50% stake in a French electronics retailer.3. to get something, especially something important or valuable:
• The course makes it possible for workers to acquire new skills.
• It has recently acquired the rights to hold Formula One races in Britain.
• The retailer has acquired a reputation for low prices and efficient service.
* * *acquire UK US /əˈkwaɪər/ verb [T]► to buy or take control of a company or part of a company, often by buying shares in it: »
They acquired a chain of about 20 phone shops.acquire control/ownership of sth »
He had just acquired control of the New York Times.be acquired by sb/sth »
Mutual of New York was later acquired by French insurance conglomerate AXA.»
Many checkout staff acquired shares in the company.► MARKETING to get the legal right to use or do something: acquire rights to sth »
The broadcaster did not disclose exactly how it acquired rights to the material.► to get something that is important to your business: »
We've acquired a million new customers in a year.»
It's a good time to acquire new talent.► WORKPLACE to get something that is important to you in your job: »
Aptitude tests attempt to judge a person's ability to acquire new skills.
Financial and business terms. 2012.