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acquire

ac·quire

acquire

 
 
pronunciation:
kwaIr
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part of speech: verb
inflections: acquired, acquires, acquiring
definition: to get or come to have as one's own.
He is acquiring some bad habits from his friends.
synonyms:
get, obtain
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
annex, contract, gain, inherit, realize, receive
derivation: acquired (adj.)
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The word acquire contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
quer, ques, quir, quis, quest Latin root that means ask, seek