- to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.
- to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.
- Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
- Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
Origin of acquire
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Examples from the Web for acquired
He acquired $1 billion worth of art and tangled scandalously with the authorities.The Mysterious Death of the Art World’s Favorite Sheikh
November 13, 2014
Klein argued that Ed acquired his following by “an ancient ritual known as sexist jokes and lots of T&A.”Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything
November 13, 2014
U.S. officials have acquired more bling from overseas than Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had on their wedding registry.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
November 11, 2014
The two U.S. entities, along with the RDIF, last year acquired a majority interest in a leading Russian tire maker, Voltyre-Prom.Exclusive: Did This Manhattan Firm Help Shield a Russian Fund From Sanctions?
November 10, 2014
The scandal drove the company from the street business, but Chubby acquired a truck of his own.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
He acquired a general knowledge of the ebb and flow of popular stocks.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
These objections were earnestly urged when we acquired Louisiana.
The things we lack are more vivid to us, as a rule, than those we have acquired.The Conquest of Fear
They can be acquired only by living in an organized community in which they are traditional.
These can be acquired only by "mixing with the world," no matter how wicked the world is.
- (tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
Word Origin and History for acquired
c.1600, "gained by effort," past participle adjective from acquire. Of diseases, "occurring after birth, thus not dependent on heredity," 1842 (opposed to congenital). Acquired taste is attested from 1734.
- Of or relating to a disease, condition, or characteristic that is not congenital but develops after birth.
- Developed in response to an antigen, as resistance to a disease by vaccination or previous infection.