acquired meaning

Pronunciation:   "acquired" in a sentence
  • Adjective: acquired  u'kwI(u)rd
    1. Gotten through environmental forces
      "acquired characteristics (such as a suntan or a broken nose) cannot be passed on"
    Verb: acquire  u'kwI(u)r
    1. Come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
      "They acquired a new pet"
      - get 
    2. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
      - assume, adopt, take on, take 
    3. Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
      - grow, develop, produce, get 
    4. Locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar 
    5. Win something through one's efforts
      "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"
      - win, gain 
    6. Gain knowledge or skills
      "Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
      - learn, larn 
    7. Gain through experience
      "I acquired a strong aversion to television"
      - develop, evolve

    See also: acquirable, acquirer, acquiring, acquisition, acquisitive, nonheritable, noninheritable

    Type of: change, locate, situate

    Encyclopedia: Acquire


  • [Medicine]
    1 : arising in response to the action of the environment on the organism (as in the use or disuse of an organ) ‹acquired characteristics› —compare GENETIC 2 HEREDITARY
    2 : developed after birth ‹acquired heart murmurs› —compare CONGENITAL 2 FAMILIAL, HEREDITARY


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  1. all that can be acquired, he has acquired.
  2. in this way i acquired two additional names.
  3. i have acquired the newspaper-reading habit.
  4. i have lately acquired decisive evidence.
  5. knowledge is acquired, not innate.

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