Definition of acquisition in English:


Syllabification: ac·qui·si·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌakwəˈziSHən


  • 1An asset or object bought or obtained, typically by a library or museum.
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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, 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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