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/ əˈkwaɪər mənt /
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the act of acquiring, especially the gaining of knowledge or mental attributes.
Often acquirements. something that is acquired, especially an acquired ability or attainment.
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Origin of acquirement

First recorded in 1620–30; acquire + -ment
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What does acquirement mean?

Acquirement is the act of getting or obtaining something, especially knowledge or skills.

It can also refer to the thing acquired. When used in this way, it’s often used in the plural (acquirements).

Acquirement is a noun form of the verb acquire, which most commonly means to get, buy, or learn. It is much less commonly used than another noun form of acquire: acquisition, which also means the process of acquiring something or the thing that is acquired. Acquisition can be used in a general way to refer to acquiring things (including to acquiring knowledge or skills), and it’s also often used in a specific way to refer to a company that is acquired by another company.

Example: The acquirement of these skills will take focus and dedication.

Where does acquirement come from?

The first records of the word acquirement come from the 1600s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb acquīrere, which means “to add to one’s possessions.” The noun suffix -ment is used in the same way as it is in the much more common word requirement.

Acquirement and acquisition can be synonyms, but acquirement is used less commonly and usually more narrowly. It especially refers to the acquiring of knowledge, skills, or abilities through learning.

Acquirement is typically not used in some of the more specific ways that acquisition is. Properties acquired by a company and additions to a museum’s collection are commonly called acquisitions, not acquirements.

Acquirement should not be confused with the term requirement, which is a noun form of the verb require and most commonly refers to something required or deemed necessary.

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How is acquirement used in real life?

Acquirement is often used in a somewhat formal way.



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Is acquirement used correctly in the following sentence? 

The desire for the acquirement of knowledge should not stop as we age.

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