ac·​qui·​si·​tion ˌa-kwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce acquisition (audio)
plural acquisitions
: the act of acquiring something
acquisition of property
the acquisition of knowledge
: something or someone acquired or gained
The team announced two new acquisitions.
acquisitional adjective
acquisitor noun

Examples of acquisition in a Sentence

Steven Schwartzman, the billionaire CEO of Blackstone, suffers no personal liquidity problems. But his firm, and others like it—have had to call off a series of proposed acquisitions because they can't get financing. Daniel Gross, Newsweek, 3 Mar. 2008
The gifting of books, too, endured as a legacy of our book hunting. I quickly learned not to ask for newly published books as birthday or Christmas presents, since they provided my father with too little of a challenge. The measure of a gift's value was the amount of thought and effort that went into its acquisition. Charles Mitchell, Bloomsbury Review, November/December 2002
McKnight and Ward, free-agent acquisitions who each have only one full season as a starter, have brought much-needed speed to the position. But rookie Chris Chambers, a second-round draft pick from Wisconsin, is the jewel. Jeffri Chadiha, Sports Illustrated, 1 Oct. 2000
the country's acquisition of new ships The big company's newest acquisition is a small chain of clothing stores. The museum has put its latest acquisitions on display. See More
Recent Examples on the Web With the exception of backup outfielder Aaron Hicks on a minimum contract, all of their offseason acquisitions have been relief pitchers. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The book seems to confirm that Musk’s personal gripes played a key role in his $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 Mergers and acquisitions, like the pending deal between conglomerates Kroger and Albertsons, threaten to consolidate market share and push smaller regional grocers out of the picture. Tyler Renaghan, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 Microsoft has been looking at other avenues for Xbox Game Pass or gaming revenue growth, particularly on mobile — a key reason behind its Activision Blizzard acquisition. Tom Warren, The Verge, 12 Feb. 2024 The clip is pretty rapid here in terms of acquisitions. Julie Belcove, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2024 Gifts of art from alumni drive the acquisitions of academic art museums. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 The marketing tactics are crucial for Paramount, which has been viewed as an acquisition candidate by Wall Street and needs to demonstrate its prowess in getting people to watch its content in sizable numbers. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 Deposits last quarter were down just 2% and declined by even less excluding the custodial deposits connected to the acquisition of Signature Bank. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English adquysicyoun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French acquisition, borrowed from Latin acquīsītiōn-, acquīsītiō, from acquīsī- (variant stem of acquīrere "to acquire") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acquisition was in the 15th century

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“Acquisition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ac·​qui·​si·​tion ˌak-wə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce acquisition (audio)
: the act of acquiring
: something acquired

Legal Definition


ac·​qui·​si·​tion ˌa-kwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce acquisition (audio)
: the act or action of acquiring
specifically : the obtaining of controlling interest in a company compare merger, takeover
: a thing gained or acquired

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