Acquire vs. Buy

Acquire vs. Buy — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Acquire and Buy

Acquireverb

To gain possession of

acquire 100 shares of stock.

Buyverb

To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase. See Note at boughten.

Acquireverb

To get by one's own efforts

acquire proficiency in math.

Buyverb

To be capable of purchasing

"Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy" (Ogden Nash).

Acquireverb

To gain through experience; come by

acquired a growing dislike of television sitcoms.

Buyverb

To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade

wanted to buy love with gifts.

Acquireverb

To locate (a target) with an aiming device or a tracking system, such as radar.

Buyverb

To bribe

tried to buy a judge.

Acquireverb

(transitive) To get.

Buyverb

(Informal) To accept the truth or feasibility of

The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding.

Acquireverb

(transitive) To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own

He acquired a title.all the riches he acquired were from hard work.One should acquire as much knowledge as possible from reading.to acquire a skillto acquire decent habits and manners

Buyverb

To purchase something; act as a purchaser.

Acquireverb

(medicine) To contract.

Buynoun

Something bought or for sale; a purchase.

Acquireverb

(computing) To sample signals and convert them into digital values.

Buynoun

An act of purchasing

a drug buy.

Acquireverb

come into the possession of something concrete or abstract;

She got a lot of paintings from her uncleThey acquired a new petGet your results the next dayGet permission to take a few days off from work

Buynoun

Something that is underpriced; a bargain.

Acquireverb

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect;

His voice took on a sad toneThe story took a new turnhe adopted an air of superiorityShe assumed strange mannersThe gods assume human or animal form in these fables

Buyverb

(transitive) To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods

I'm going to buy my father something nice for his birthday.

Acquireverb

come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes);

He grew a beardThe patient developed abdominal painsI got funny spots all over my bodyWell-developed breasts

Buyverb

(transitive) To obtain by some sacrifice.

I've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams.

Acquireverb

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

Buyverb

(transitive) To bribe.

He tried to buy me with gifts, but I wouldn't give up my beliefs.

Acquireverb

win something through one's efforts;

I acquired a passing knowledge of ChineseGain an understanding of international finance

Buyverb

(transitive) To be equivalent to in value.

The dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to.

Acquireverb

acquire or gain knowledge or skills;

She learned dancing from her sisterI learned SanskritChildren acquire language at an amazing rate

Buyverb

to accept as true; to believe

I'm not going to buy your stupid excuses anymore!

Acquireverb

gain through experience;

I acquired a strong aversion to televisionChildren must develop a sense of right and wrongDave developed leadership qualities in his new positiondevelop a passion for painting

Buyverb

(intransitive) To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)

She buys for Federated.Let's go out for dinner. I'm buying.

Buyverb

To make a bluff, usually a large one.

Smith tried to buy the pot on the river with a huge bluff

Buynoun

Something which is bought; a purchase.

At only $30, the second-hand kitchen table was a great buy.

Buynoun

an advantageous purchase;

she got a bargain at the auctionthe stock was a real buy at that price

Buyverb

obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction;

The family purchased a new carThe conglomerate acquired a new companyShe buys for the big department store

Buyverb

make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence;

This judge can be bought

Buyverb

acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange;

She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work

Buyverb

accept as true;

I can't buy this story

Buyverb

be worth or be capable of buying;

This sum will buy you a ride on the train