[ uh-kwahyuh r ]
/ əˈkwaɪər /
verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.
to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.
to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.
Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
Origin of acquire
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
ac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveac·quir·a·bil·i·ty, nounac·quir·er, nounpre·ac·quire, verb, pre·ac·quired, pre·ac·quir·ing.
re·ac·quire, verb (used with object), re·ac·quired, re·ac·quir·ing.self-ac·quired, adjectiveun·ac·quir·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·quired, adjectivewell-ac·quired, adjective
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Examples from the Web for reacquire
In order to reacquire their lost habit of proper listening, they must exercise voluntary attention and develop interest.Memory|William Walker Atkinson
The young, as we have just seen, reacquire their longitudinal stripes, and the boars invariably reassume their tusks.
British Dictionary definitions for reacquire (1 of 2)
/ (ˌriːəˈkwaɪə) /
to get or gain (something) again which one has owned
British Dictionary definitions for reacquire (2 of 2)
/ (əˈkwaɪə) /
(tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
Derived Formsacquirable, adjectiveacquirement, nounacquirer, noun
Word Origin for acquire
C15: via Old French from Latin acquīrere, from ad- in addition + quaerere to get, seek
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