re·​ac·​quire | \ (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈkwī(-ə)r How to pronounce reacquire (audio) \
reacquired; reacquiring; reacquires

Definition of reacquire

transitive verb

: to acquire again: such as
a : to regain as one's own … the Saad that returns to Chicago this fall, reacquired in a stunning trade for Artemi Panarin, brings more than just a more worldly view of the NHL with him.— Mark Lazerus
b : to relocate and hold (something previously held) in a detector The submarine slowed to reacquire the target.— Tom Clancy

First Known Use of reacquire

1627, in the meaning defined above

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