IELTS vocabulary | Acquire and Accumulate
To accumulate is to gather, amass, collect, gather together, hoard, aggregate and garner.
- My neighbour accumulated a fortune buying and selling land.
- He has accumulated large debts.
- Snow accumulated on the ground.
- We have accumulated a great deal of junk.
- He likes to accumulate antiques.
- I think we need to throw out the accumulation of junk.
- The accumulation of antique objects is his pastime.
To acquire is to get, obtain, secure, achieve, earn and attain.
- While holidaying in Toronto, I acquired a strong Canadian accent.
- I acquired a working knowledge of German during my short stint in Germany.
Acquire antonyms: lose, forgo, give up, relinquish etc.
An acquisition is a possession, property, purchase, prize, acquirement, gain, procurement etc.
- His most recent acquisition is a luxury yacht.
- Sages devote their life to the acquisition of knowledge.
Acquisition and acquirement
These words have somewhat different meanings.
An acquisition is a material possession. An acquirement is a personal skill that one gains through practice.
- His biggest acquisition is a sea-facing apartment in Mumbai.
- Speaking French is one of her acquirements.
An acquisitive person is greedy, materialistic and avaricious.
- You are an acquisitive person, always wanting new things.
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