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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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What are some other forms related to acquisition?
- 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
Meet Colette Campbell, one of our 2020 Ladyboss Summit speakers! ✨ Colette is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity and Inclusion at @BremerBank. Register to learn from Colette on Aug. 4! https://t.co/xb2U7ew9N0 pic.twitter.com/4SwuOfwNYJ
— Ladyboss Midwest (@LadybossMidwest) June 15, 2020
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Is acquisition used correctly in the following sentence?
The conglomerate is pursuing the acquisition of several new tech startups.
Example sentences from the Web for 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|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.
With the success of Frozen and the acquisition of Maker, perhaps Disney is beginning to see the Web 2.0 light.
Its acquisition by the United States had been an old project of Jefferson's.A History of the United States|Cecil Chesterton
He travelled abroad; and he cultivated poetry with the ardour he could even feel for the acquisition of words.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli
In every arranged society which lives and increases there is an internal movement of ascent and acquisition.Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time|Franois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
But the enticement of acquisition and discovery of novelty whilst there were not the governing influences in Balfour's excursion.
The use of the text-book in school should assist in the acquisition of this power.Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education|Ontario Ministry of Education