Adjective "acquired" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Buy or obtain (an asset or object) for oneself.
  1. 'Well, whether or not he has assets or may acquire assets in the future is a question.'
  2. 'The college outgrew its quarters downtown and the Brothers acquired property in the Bronx.'
  3. 'For him, the opportunity for blacks to earn a living and acquire property was more important than the right to vote.'
  4. 'If the criminals could not prove the assets were acquired legally they would be forfeited.'
  5. 'On the other side sit large investors who acquire supplier assets at an attractive price.'
  6. 'They are paid in order to acquire assets whose use is a source of profits over and above the payments which must be made.'
  7. 'In some cases, you are acquiring an asset that you haven't inspected, except from the curb.'
  8. 'A third category is made up of foreigners who acquire properties purely as investments.'
  9. 'The Agency claims the assets were acquired as a result of unlawful conduct related to drug trafficking.'
  10. 'The company has neither improved its financial indicators, nor acquired new assets.'
Learn or develop (a skill, habit, or quality)
  1. 'They acquired computer skills at a local training institute and received a certificate as well.'
  2. 'He thought he was acquiring the skills for dishonest practice on the streets of his native Australia.'
  3. 'Specifically military skills were acquired by actual practice and performance under supervision.'
  4. 'They want to learn more, know more and acquire skills like any other individual in society.'
  5. 'Certainly, if I were an airline employee, I'd be looking into acquiring some new skills.'
  6. 'The overall objective of the primer is so that a person with a visual handicap can acquire a skill to read on his own and even sign his name.'
  7. 'Mr Brunet says the future's looking bright too, with youngsters acquiring important skills early on, equipping them well for the future.'
  8. 'Too few people are acquiring educational skills needed by employers.'
  9. 'Most teachers recognise that pupils vary in the speed and manner in which they grasp new ideas and acquire skills.'
  10. 'It becomes interesting and exciting only when we acquire some new skills physical or intellectual.'
  11. 'he acquired a reputation for scrupulous honesty'
  12. 'So it's no surprise the team leads the majors in hit batsmen and is acquiring a reputation.'
  13. 'Along the way she has acquired a reputation for becoming intensely, even dangerously, involved in her parts.'
  14. 'They did their work well and acquired the fearsome reputation of brutality and violence.'
  15. 'Kenneth had acquired a good reputation in the area, and was asked to take on the role, to which he agreed.'
  16. 'More recently, and largely as a result of English tutelage, it had acquired some reputation as a maritime power.'
  17. 'In Medieval Europe, wolves acquired a pungent reputation for trickery and ferocity.'
  18. 'By the 1960s he had acquired another reputation, that of guerrilla leader.'
  19. 'They are rapidly acquiring a reputation for producing accessible and uniquely powerful theatre.'
  20. 'The country is acquiring a reputation, partly deserved, for being obsessed with its own decline but unable to do much about it.'
  21. 'The Illegal Eagles have progressed from playing the small local club circuit to acquiring a reputation for themselves at major concert venues.'

More definitions

1. to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.

2. to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.

3. Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).

4. Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.

More examples(as adjective)

"saddles can be acquired from steaks."

"stakes can be acquired through tenders."

"seizures can be acquired in places."

"provisions can be acquired during years."

"movies can be acquired in/at/on hours."

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(acquire)Late Middle English acquere, from Old French aquerre, based on Latin acquirere ‘get in addition’, from ad- ‘to’ + quaerere ‘seek’. The English spelling was modified ( c 1600) by association with the Latin word.


an acquired taste