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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.
Contemporary Examples

PBR was already on the upswing when Metropoulos & Co. acquired it.
Twinkies Are Coming Back: The Metropoulos Brothers on the Brand Daniel Gross April 7, 2013

The WWI-era equipment had been acquired from a Polish ammunition factory in the late 1930s.
Israel Had a Secret, Underground Bullet Factory Nina Strochlic July 17, 2014

In fact, all tests are achievement tests—they reveal not inborn ability but the skills a person has acquired up to that point.
The Myth of Innate Genius David Shenk May 12, 2011

When the NSA intercepts and records a communication, it has “collected” or “acquired” it.
The Secret FISA Court Must Go Jennifer Granick, Christopher Sprigman July 23, 2013

“He did not have those views when we married, but acquired them after,” Zubkova told The Norwich Bulletin.
Awkward: This Democratic Judicial Candidate’s Husband Is a White Supremacist Gideon Resnick August 10, 2014

Historical Examples

Where and how Cunningham had acquired it was not open history.
The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath

He acquired a general knowledge of the ebb and flow of popular stocks.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

I began to make use of some of the knowledge I had acquired.
A Floating Home Cyril Ionides

The things we lack are more vivid to us, as a rule, than those we have acquired.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

How, indeed, could he have acquired this new art which he had had no chance of practising?
Michelangelo Romain Rolland

(transitive) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently

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.

mid-15c., acqueren, from Old French aquerre “acquire, gain, earn, procure,” from Vulgar Latin *acquaerere, from Latin acquirere “to seek in addition to” (see acquisition). Reborrowed in current form from Latin c.1600. Related: Acquired; acquiring.

acquired ac·quired (ə-kwīrd’)

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.


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