Definition of acquisition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌakwəˈziSH(ə)n/


1An asset or object bought or obtained, typically by a library or museum.
Example sentences
  • Among the museum's acquisitions, he discovered a piece of furniture that he had made 40 years before.
  • I found a robin's egg while planting new acquisitions in the northeast bed.
  • Jonny has just returned from a trip to Florida, successfully tying up the loose ends on the purchase of his latest acquisition.
purchase, buy, gain, accession, addition, investment, possession
1.1An act of purchase of one company by another: there were many acquisitions among travel agents expanding by growth or acquisition
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  • It takes a bit of time to generate the synergies that deliver the shareholder value added from acquisitions.
  • Even fans of its stock don't think the acquisition will improve the insurer's profitability any time soon.
  • The earnings growth was made up of a mix of contribution from acquisitions and organic growth.
1.2Buying or obtaining an asset or object: Western culture places a high value on material acquisition
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  • The acquisition of the fissile material is the single biggest ingredient in having a weapon.
  • Material prosperity and acquisition of wealth add a new dimension to your social standing.
  • On this first acquisition of business assets for treasury shares, it is clear that a prospectus was required.
obtaining, acquirement, gaining, earning, winning, procurement, collection
2The learning or developing of a skill, habit, or quality: the acquisition of management skills
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  • It also reveals that a number of early skills reliably predict reading acquisition long before school entry.
  • The first set of five statements was about language acquisition and development.
  • As children enter school, they bring diverse levels of language acquisition to the learning process.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'act of acquiring something'): from Latin acquisitio(n-), from the verb acquirere (see acquire).

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Syllabification: ac·qui·si·tion

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