verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of acquired
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.
Word Origin for acquire
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.