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.
1. He has acquired a reputation as this country's premier solo violinist.
2. Had he succeeded, he would have acquired a monopoly.
3. General Motors acquired a 50% stake in Saab for about $400m.
4. Use the transferable skills acquired from your previous working background.
5. William has acquired an unshakeable belief in himself.