Per Blacks Law Dictionary 4th edition:
ACQUIRE. To gain by any means, usually by
one's own exertions; to get as one's own; to obtain
by search, endeavor, practice, or purchase;
receive or gain in whatever manner; come to
have. Clarno v. Gamble-Robinson Co., 190 Minn.
256, 251 N.W. 268, 269.
In law of contracts and of descents, to become owner of
property; to make property one's own. Crutchfield v.
Johnson & Latimer, 243 Ala. 73, 8 So.2d 412. To gain
ownership of. Commissioner of Insurance v. Broad Street
Mut. Casualty Ins. Co., 312 Mass. 261, 44 N.E.2d 683, 684.
Broad meaning including both purchase and construction;
acquisition being the act of getting or obtaining something
which may be already in existence, or may be
brought into existence through means employed to acquire
it. Ronnow v. City of Las Vegas, 57 Nev. 332, 65 P.2d 133,
140. Sometimes used in the sense of "procure," Jolly v.
McCoy, 36 Cal.App. 479, 172 P. 618, 619. It does not necessarily
mean that title has passed, Godwin v. Tuttle, 70
Or. 424, 141 P. 1120, 1122. Includes taking by devise, U. S.
v. Merriam, 263 U.S. 179. 44 S.Ct. 69, 70 68 L.Ed. 240, 29
A. L. R. 1547.