Definition of acquihire in English:


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Pronunciation: /akwɪˈhʌɪə
(also acqhire /akˈhʌɪə/)


An act or instance of buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for the products or services it supplies: this would appear to be a straight acquihire to pick up an engineering and product design team
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  • Acquisitions for talent, or "acquihires," are also on the table, the company said.
  • Rather than stifling innovation, this acqhire might see a cool startup in the hands of new leaders passionate about disrupting the car buying experience.
  • The acqhire is another example of how top-tier accelerators are becoming talent feeders for big tech companies.


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Buy out (a company) primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for its products or services: the start-ups are being acquihired in a bid to harvest their talent
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  • If they have such great engineers and minds, why are they "acquiHiring?"
  • The most talented (or lucky) people get "acqhired" for $77 million each.
  • It's powered by talent acqhired from a solar-powered drone maker as well as poached from NASA.


early 21st century: blend of acquisition and hire.

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