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.

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The questions are complex: A move to get PayPal to narrow its consumer-facing product set might be one way to save on development-and-acquisition costs. Telis Demos, WSJ, 28 July 2022 The news comes in the wake of Exile’s acquisition in late May by Candle Media, the next generation media company founded by Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 27 July 2022 Advantages for brands are numerous, including customer acquisition, brand awareness and exposure, internationalization or just plain fear of missing out (FOMO). Ariel Katz, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The city had planned to spend about $5 million for land acquisition, demolition and architecture, with the remaining earmarked for construction. Marc Bona, cleveland, 25 July 2022 The One Medical deal would be Amazon’s third-biggest acquisition, trailing only its purchases of organic grocer Whole Foods Market and film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. John Tozzi, Fortune, 21 July 2022 Even Derrick Etienne, the one-time, short-term FC Cincinnati acquisition whom the club opted not to retain following the 2019 season, brings a share of zest to the game via his club-leading five goals, as well as five assists. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 16 July 2022 And so, investment in the acquisition, construction and expansion of soundstages by private equity is booming. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Many merger and acquisition experts agree that Twitter has the stronger legal argument. Clare Duffy, CNN, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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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


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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