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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kwahyuh r]
    • /əˈkwaɪər/
    • /əˈkwaɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kwahyuh r]
    • /əˈkwaɪər/

Definitions of acquired word

  • adjective acquired obtained, through buying or being given 3
  • adjective acquired obtained by learning 3
  • adjective acquired having developed, esp during the course of one's day-to-day life or experience 3
  • adjective acquired used to describe something one is starting to suffer from 3
  • verb with object acquired to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property. 1
  • verb with object acquired to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning. 1

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Origin of acquired

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; < Latin acquīrere to add to one's possessions, acquire (ac- ac- + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to search for, obtain); replacing late Middle English aquere < Middle French aquerre < Latin

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Parts of speech for Acquired


acquired popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

acquired usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acquired

adj acquired

  • collected — An author's collected works or letters are all their works or letters published in one book or in a set of books.
  • realized — to grasp or understand clearly.
  • accomplished — If someone is accomplished at something, they are very good at it.
  • learned — having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite: learned professors.
  • seized — to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.

adjective acquired

  • developed — If you talk about developed countries or the developed world, you mean the countries or the parts of the world that are wealthy and have many industries.
  • taught — simple past tense and past participle of teach.
  • realised — to grasp or understand clearly.

Antonyms for acquired

adj acquired

  • deprived — Deprived people or people from deprived areas do not have the things that people consider to be essential in life, for example acceptable living conditions or education.
  • forfeited — a fine; penalty.
  • lost — no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.

adjective acquired

  • innate — existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent.

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