acquisition

noun
ac·​qui·​si·​tion | \ ˌa-kwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce acquisition (audio) \
plural acquisitions

Definition of acquisition

1 : the act of acquiring something acquisition of property the acquisition of knowledge
2 : something or someone acquired or gained The team announced two new acquisitions.

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Other Words from acquisition

acquisitional \ ˌa-​kwə-​ˈzi-​shnəl How to pronounce acquisition (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
acquisitor \ ə-​ˈkwi-​zə-​tər How to pronounce acquisition (audio) \ noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Piggly Wiggly Midwest, based in Sheboygan, has entered into an acquisition agreement with C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the companies announced Thursday. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 The monetary value of Thursday’s acquisition was not disclosed. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 15 July 2021 Zach Peek, another Angels acquisition, is posting big strikeout numbers at Delmarva. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 15 July 2021 Parise alone would have become the most stunning and lucrative free-agent acquisition in Twin Cities history. Jeff Day, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Questioned under oath, Musk defended the purchase as a justifiable acquisition. CBS News, 12 July 2021 Questioned under oath, Musk plans to defend the purchase as a justifiable acquisition. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 12 July 2021 Wellington Paranormal is a joint acquisition between the CW and HBO Max. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 9 July 2021 Riot’s mobile ambitions can also be traced back to another acquisition. Washington Post, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of acquisition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acquisition

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

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

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“Acquisition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acquisition. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for acquisition

acquisition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acquisition

: the act or process of gaining skill, knowledge, etc.
: the act of obtaining money, possessions, etc.
: something (such as a company or valuable property) that is acquired

acquisition

noun
ac·​qui·​si·​tion | \ ˌa-kwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce acquisition (audio) \

Kids Definition of acquisition

1 : the act of gaining especially through effort the acquisition of knowledge
2 : something gained especially through effort The museum's new acquisitions

acquisition

noun
ac·​qui·​si·​tion | \ ˌa-kwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce acquisition (audio) \

Legal Definition of acquisition

1 : the act or action of acquiring specifically : the obtaining of controlling interest in a company — compare merger, takeover
2 : a thing gained or acquired

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