- the act of acquiring or gaining possession: the acquisition of real estate.
- something acquired; addition: public excitement about the museum's recent acquisitions.
- the purchase of one business enterprise by another: the acquisition of a rival corporation; mergers and acquisitions.
- Linguistics. the act or process of achieving mastery of a language or a linguistic rule or element: child language acquisition; second language acquisition.
Origin of acquisition
Related Words for acquisitionaddition, purchase, procurement, recovery, gain, profit, donation, return, earnings, possession, buy, prize, winning, attainment, acquirement, pursuit, learning, accretion, property, salvage
Examples from the Web for acquisition
Contemporary Examples of acquisition
“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
December 26, 2014
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
October 21, 2014
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
October 13, 2014
Whoever pulled the trigger (so to speak) on this acquisition may have just been caught up in the moment.Why Does My Kids’ Elementary School Need a Tank?
September 13, 2014
With the success of Frozen and the acquisition of Maker, perhaps Disney is beginning to see the Web 2.0 light.Mickey Mouse Takes Deadmau5 to Court
September 3, 2014
Historical Examples of acquisition
But to the acquisition of Florida too much importance can not be attached.
Love may have been a still stronger motive for its acquisition.Heroes of the Telegraph
The very name of Peter Pindar is an acquisition to your work.The Letters of Robert Burns
I wish the one you espouse at present, much joy of the acquisition it has made.'Barnaby Rudge
And what similar use or power of acquisition has justice in time of peace?The Republic
- the act of acquiring or gaining possession
- something acquired
- a person or thing of special merit added to a group
- astronautics the process of locating a spacecraft, satellite, etc, esp by radar, in order to gather tracking and telemetric information
Word Origin for acquisition
late 14c., "act of obtaining," from Old French acquisicion (13c.) or directly from Latin acquisitionem (nominative acquisitio), noun of action from past participle stem of acquirere "get in addition, accumulate," from ad- "extra" (see ad-) + quaerere "to seek to obtain" (see query (v.)). Meaning "thing obtained" is from late 15c. The vowel change of -ae- to -i- in Latin is due to a Latin phonetic rule involving unaccented syllables in compounds.
- The empirical demonstration in psychology of an increase in the strength of the conditioned response in successive trials in which the conditioned and unconditioned stimuli are paired.