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What does acquisition mean?
Acquisition most commonly means the process of obtaining something or the thing that is obtained.
It is a noun form of the verb acquire, which most commonly means to get, buy, or learn. Acquire and acquisition have a lot of meanings that vary with context. Most of them refer to the act of getting something permanently.
Acquisition is commonly used to refer to a company that is acquired by another company. It’s especially used this way in the phrase mergers and acquisitions.
It’s also used in a specific way in the context of linguistics: language acquisition is the process of becoming fluent in a language.
Example: The company announced plans for the acquisition of its largest competitor, raising concerns about it becoming a monopoly.
Where does acquisition come from?
The first records of the word acquisition come from around 1400. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb acquīrere, which means “to add to one’s possessions.”
Acquisition is most commonly used in the context of business to refer to the purchase of a company or property or to gaining possession of something. In the context of museums, an acquisition is an addition to the collection, typically one that has been purchased or donated. But acquisition isn’t just used to refer to buying things or gaining possession of physical things—it can be used in many general ways. The goal of learning is acquisition of knowledge and skills. In human resources, the term talent acquisition refers to the recruiting and hiring of employees.
Acquisition should not be confused with the term requisition, which is a noun form of the verb require and most commonly refers to a request or the act of requiring.
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- acquire (verb)
- acquisitional (adjective)
- acquisitor (noun)
- preacquisition (noun)
- proacquisition (adjective)
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How is acquisition used in real life?
Acquisition is often used in a somewhat formal way. It can be used in all kinds of contexts, but it is commonly used to refer to obtaining property, businesses, or other financial assets.
Bank of America and Goldman Sachs' equities desks have blasted terms for Uniti Group's $270 million entitlement, which will be used to fund its acquisition of OptiComm. https://t.co/GIIfp5l19h
— Financial Review (@FinancialReview) June 14, 2020
Be relentlessly, single-mindedly, obsessively pursuing the acquisition of SKILLS that will let you DELIVER on your PROMISES to yourself and to those that are counting on you.
— Tom Bilyeu (@TomBilyeu) February 10, 2019
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Is acquisition used correctly in the following sentence?
The conglomerate is pursuing the acquisition of several new tech startups.
How to use acquisition in a sentence
With a lack of scripted content finished on time, reality television and acquisitions of already produced international shows have been used to fill the gap.After years of ‘too much TV,’ the pandemic means there’s now barely enough|Aric Jenkins|August 27, 2020|Fortune
Microsoft is the only company to publicly confirm acquisition talks.
Benioff hinted that Salesforce is unlikely to go on an acquisition spree.Salesforce shares soar 13% on strong growth despite the pandemic|jonathanvanian2015|August 25, 2020|Fortune
LinkedIn’s registered user base has grown from 400 million people at the time the acquisition closed in December 2016 to 706 million people as of July 2020.Microsoft’s hands-off handling of LinkedIn offers model for potential TikTok acquisition|Tim Peterson|August 24, 2020|Digiday
Former House speaker Paul Ryan is starting a special purpose acquisition company that will seek to raise about $300 million, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources.
The user fee on duck stamps goes exclusively to funding federal acquisition of wetlands as wildlife habitat.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“EOTS is a poster child for one of the ills of the acquisition process,” the official said.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
ISIS had broadly advertised its acquisition of a broad range of U.S.-made weapons during its rampage across Iraq.ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands|Josh Rogin|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last year, the company raised funding at a $2 billion valuation and shot down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook.‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online|Marlow Stern|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whoever pulled the trigger (so to speak) on this acquisition may have just been caught up in the moment.
In brief, Chumru abused the English with such an air that he was regarded by the rebels as quite an acquisition.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
It is skirted by houses and gardens and is a valuable acquisition to the town.
John Bones, lawyer, age twenty-six, was a recent acquisition to Coldriver village.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
And his mind at least was happy in its new sense of expansion and acquisition, its increasing and developing powers.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
It is when studies requiring abstruse thought are reached that the facility in acquisition of the savage races comes to an end.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris