acquisition

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

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 acquisitional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
acquisitor \ ə-​ˈkwi-​zə-​tər How to pronounce acquisitor (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 Although some believe that the rise of advertising and strip malls have fostered slavish devotion to shopping where it didn't exist before, Hine posits that the acquisition of objects has a firm place in humanity's history. Publishers Weekly, 7 Oct. 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 Not helping consumers Hospitals might see a dip in the quality of care following an acquisition for a number of reasons, the authors said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "More hospitals are merging, but health care isn't improving," 2 Jan. 2020 Bryce Callahan, an offseason acquisition expected to start opposite Harris, missed the season with a foot injury. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Chris Harris could be playing final two games with Broncos, bringing potentially quiet end to “Strap Harris” era in Denver," 17 Dec. 2019 Apple's past week was a decidedly busy one, with an acquisition of a small startup that could help improve the quality of the iPhone's camera, and the release of a Mac Pro that can cost as much as some sports cars. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple’s Busy Week: a $52,000 Mac Pro and an Acquisition of Better Camera Technology," 14 Dec. 2019 At the time, Sprint and T-Mobile were negotiating terms of an acquisition. Tali Arbel, USA TODAY, "Sprint exec suggests T-mobile deal may increase mobile service prices for consumers," 10 Dec. 2019 This translated to an acquisition of the flour and corn tortilla processing plant, Mexican Original Inc., along with joint ventures in Mexico and Japan. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Trade seesaw continues, but employment report provides good news," 8 Dec. 2019 Mission has a long history of operating and building food companies and has been eyeing an acquisition of Garcia Foods for four years, McGee said. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Fort Worth firm buys San Antonio food company at bankruptcy auction," 6 Dec. 2019 Announcement of the deal comes after news of an acquisition broke on Thursday, sending up shares of both firms. Annie Massa / Bloomberg, Time, "Charles Schwab to Buy TD Ameritrade in $28.3 Billion Deal That Will Reshape Retail Brokerage Business," 25 Nov. 2019 Not only does that come off as a bizarre bit of business chicanery, but some of you may remember that around 2011 or so Bethesda reputedly tried to starve out Human Head to force an acquisition. PCWorld, "This week in games: Sonic loses his teeth, John Carmack steps back from Oculus," 11 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acquisition. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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acquisition

noun

Financial Definition of acquisition

What It Is

An acquisition is the purchase of all or a portion of a corporate asset or target company.

How It Works

An acquisition is commonly mistaken with a merger – which occurs when the purchaser and the target both cease to exist and instead form a new, combined company.

When a target company is acquired by another company, the target company ceases to exist in a legal sense and becomes part of the purchasing company. Acquisitions are commonly made by using cash or debt to purchase outstanding stock, but companies can also use their own stock by exchanging it for the target firm's stock. Acquisitions can be either hostile or friendly.

For example:

Let's assume Company XYZ wants to acquire Company ABC. Company XYZ starts to buy ABC shares on the open market, but once Company XYZ acquires 5% of ABC, it must formally (and publicly) declare to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) how many shares it owns. Company XYZ must also state whether it intends to buy ABC or just hold its existing shares as an investment.

If Company XYZ wants to proceed with the acquisition, it will make a "tender offer" to ABC's board of directors, followed by an announcement to the press. The tender offer will indicate, among other things, how much Company XYZ is willing to pay for ABC and how long ABC shareholders have to accept the offer.

Once the tender offer is made, ABC can accept (1) the terms of the offer, (2) negotiate a different price, (3) use a "poison pill" or other defense to avert the deal, or (4) find another company, who hopefully will pay as much or more as XYZ is offering, to buy them.

If ABC accepts the offer, regulatory bodies then review the transaction to ensure the combination does not create a monopoly or other anti-competitive circumstances within the industries involved. If the regulatory bodies approve the transaction, the parties exchange funds and the deal is closed.

Why It Matters

Companies acquire target companies as a growth strategy because it can create a bigger, more competitive, and more cost-efficient entity. This synergy -- the idea that the two companies together are more valuable to the shareholders than they are apart -- is elusive, but it is the idea used to justify most acquisitions. A well-executed acquisition can be the crowning jewel of a CEO's career.

Knowing how to analyze acquisitions can put individual investors in a great position to profit from the stock price fluctuations that accompany them.

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acquisition

noun
How to pronounce acquisition (audio)

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

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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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