The difference between Acquire and Gain

When used as verbs, acquire means to get, whereas gain means to acquire possession of.

Gain is also noun with the meaning: the act of gaining.

Gain is also preposition with the meaning: against.

Gain is also adverb with the meaning: straightly.

Gain is also adjective with the meaning: straight, direct.

check bellow for the other definitions of Acquire and Gain

  1. Acquire as a verb (transitive):

    To get.

  2. Acquire as a verb (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 skill"

    "to acquire decent habits and manners"

  3. Acquire as a verb (medicine):

    To contract.

  4. Acquire as a verb (computing):

    To sample signals and convert them into digital values.

  1. Gain as a preposition (obsolete):


  1. Gain as an adjective (obsolete):

    Straight, direct; near; short.


    "the gainest way "

  2. Gain as an adjective (obsolete):

    Suitable; convenient; ready.

  3. Gain as an adjective (dialectal):

    Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.

  4. Gain as an adjective (dialectal):

    Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.

  1. Gain as an adverb (obsolete):

    Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.

  2. Gain as an adverb (dialectal):

    Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.

  3. Gain as an adverb (dialectal):

    Tolerably; fairly.


    "gain quiet (= fairly/pretty quiet)"

  1. Gain as a noun:

    The act of gaining; acquisition.

  2. Gain as a noun:

    What is gained.

  3. Gain as a noun (electronics):

    The factor by which a signal is multiplied.

  1. Gain as a verb (transitive):

    To acquire possession of.


    "Looks like you've gained a new friend."

  2. Gain as a verb (intransitive):

    To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress.


    "The sick man gains daily."

  3. Gain as a verb (transitive, dated):

    To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition.


    "to gain a battle; to gain a case at law"

  4. Gain as a verb (transitive):

    To increase.

  5. Gain as a verb (intransitive):

    To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.


    "I'm gaining (on you)."

    "[[gain ground]]"

  6. Gain as a verb (transitive):

    To reach.


    "to gain the top of a mountain"

  7. Gain as a verb:

    To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.

  8. Gain as a verb (intransitive):

    To put on weight.


    "I've been gaining."

  9. Gain as a verb (of a clock or watch):

    To run fast.

  1. Gain as a noun (architecture):

    A square or bevelled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.