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[uh-kwahyuh r]
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verb (used with object), ac·quired, ac·quir·ing.
  1. to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.
  2. to gain for oneself through one's actions or efforts: to acquire learning.
  3. Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element).
  4. Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar.
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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
Related formsac·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

Synonyms for acquire

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1. See get. 2. win, earn, attain; appropriate.
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Related Words for reacquire

regain, restore, retrieve, rescue, resume, repair, recoup, salvage, reclaim, achieve, retake, reach, recapture, recover, attain, gain, save, fetch, recruit, repossess

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Historical Examples of reacquire

  • In order to reacquire their lost habit of proper listening, they must exercise voluntary attention and develop interest.


    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


verb (tr)
  1. to get or gain (something) again which one has owned
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  1. (tr) to get or gain (something, such as an object, trait, or ability), esp more or less permanently
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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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Word Origin and History for reacquire



mid-15c., acqueren, from Old French aquerre "acquire, gain, earn, procure," from Vulgar Latin *acquaerere, from Latin acquirere "to seek in addition to" (see acquisition). Reborrowed in current form from Latin c.1600. Related: Acquired; acquiring.

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