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acquisition Line breaks: ac¦qui|si¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌakwɪˈzɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of acquisition in English:


1An asset or object bought or obtained, typically by a library or museum: the legacy will be used for new acquisitions
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  • 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, accession, addition, asset;
buy, investment, possession, accretion;
property, goods
1.1A purchase of one company by another: there were many acquisitions among travel agents [mass noun]: the company intends to grow within itself rather than by 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.
1.2 [mass noun] The buying or obtaining of assets or objects: 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.
2 [mass noun] The 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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