Meaning of ACQUIRED in English



1. : gained by or as a result of effort or experience

acquired wealth

acquired knowledge

acquired response

— compare innate , native

2. : attained by the individual by or as if by his own efforts: as

a. of bodily qualities or characters : relating to or being a part of the individual soma : caused by environmental forces (as use and disuse) and not subject to transmission from parent to offspring — distinguished from hereditary and genic

b. of disease or abnormal states : developed after birth

acquired heart disease

— opposed to congenital

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.