[ ak-wuh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌæk wəˈzɪʃ ən /
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.
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Origin of acquisition
ac·qui·si·tion·al, adjectiveac·quis·i·tor [uh-kwiz-i-ter] /əˈkwɪz ɪ tər/, nounpre·ac·qui·si·tion, nounpro·ac·qui·si·tion, adjective
re·ac·qui·si·tion, nounsu·per·ac·qui·si·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acquisitional
/ (ˌækwɪˈzɪʃən) /
the act of acquiring or gaining possession
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
C14: from Latin acquīsītiōn-, from acquīrere to acquire
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Medicine definitions for acquisitional
[ ăk′wĭ-zĭsh′ən ]
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.
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