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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Vivid, which went public through a special purpose acquisition company in October, is projecting 2021 revenues of $420 million to $435 million, according to its third quarter earnings report. Robert Channick,, 14 Jan. 2022 The Andretti Acquistion Co, a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, raised $200 million in its initial public offering Thursday. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 The clinical-stage company, which is based in Carlsbad, Calif., on Dec. 27 listed on Nasdaq after merging with FS Development Corp. II, a special-purpose acquisition company sponsored by venture-capital firm Foresite Capital. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 The serial entrepreneur will probably seek to raise some 200 million euros ($227 million) by selling of shares in a special purpose acquisition company, with the aim of later merging the shell with an existing business, Sky News reported earlier. Fortune, 7 Jan. 2022 Last June, the Silicon Valley company went public via a deal with VG Acquisition, a special-purpose acquisition company founded by billionaire Richard Branson. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Complex was acquired last summer by BuzzFeed after the digital media company merged with 890 Fifth Avenue Partners, a special purpose acquisition company, that was valued at $1.5 billion. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 Since going public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, BuzzFeed has seen its stock price drop by roughly 50%. Todd Spangler, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited is a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by L2 Capital, a private investment firm. Forbes Press Releases, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022

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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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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


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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