Acquire Ac*quire", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acquired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acquiring}.] [L. acquirere, acquisitum; ad + quarere to seek for. In OE. was a verb aqueren, fr. the same, through OF. aquerre. See {Quest}..] To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own; as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad habits. [1913 Webster]

No virtue is acquired in an instant, but step by step. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

Descent is the title whereby a man, on the death of his ancestor, acquires his estate, by right of representation, as his heir at law. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To obtain; gain; attain; procure; win; earn; secure. See {Obtain}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • acquired — adj. 1. 1 (Biol.) gotten through environmental forces. Contrasted with {inherited}. acquired characteristics cannot be passed on noninheritable (vs. inheritable), nonheritable Syn: nurtural [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquired — (adj.) c.1600, gained by effort, pp. adjective from ACQUIRE (Cf. acquire). Of diseases, occurring after birth, thus not dependent on heredity, 1842 (opposed to congenital). Acquired taste is attested from 1734 …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquired — acquired; un·acquired; …   English syllables

  • Acquired — Anything that is not present at birth but develops some time later. In medicine, the word acquired implies new or added. An acquired condition is new in the sense that it is not genetic (inherited) and added in the sense that was not present at… …   Medical dictionary

  • acquired — Having purchased or otherwise obtained title, ownership, or possession, including, in the absence of a statutory restriction upon the meaning, a taking by descent, 3 Arn J2d Aliens § 31. Having obtained possession under a lease. State ex rel.… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • acquired — adj. Acquired is used with these nouns: ↑characteristic, ↑immunity, ↑taste …   Collocations dictionary

  • acquired — Developed in response to the environment, not inherited, such as a character trait (acquired characteristic) resulting from environmental effect(s). cf acclimatization …   Glossary of Biotechnology

  • acquired — adjective gotten through environmental forces (Freq. 1) acquired characteristics (such as a suntan or a broken nose) cannot be passed on • Similar to: ↑noninheritable, ↑nonheritable …   Useful english dictionary

  • acquired — ac·quired (ə kwīrdʹ) adj. 1. Of or relating to a disease, condition, or characteristic that is not congenital but develops after birth. 2. Resulting from exposure to something, such as an antigen or antibiotic. * * * …   Universalium

  • acquired — adjective Developed postfetally; not congenital …   Wiktionary

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