WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1375–1425; Middle English adquisicioun, a(c)quisicion
), equivalent to
), past participle of
-iōn- -ion Related forms ac·qui·si·tion·al, adjective ac·quis·i·tor , [ uh- kwiz-i-ter] /əˈkwɪz ɪ tər/ noun pre·ac·qui·si·tion, noun pro·ac·qui·si·tion, adjective re·ac·qui·si·tion, noun su·per·ac·qui·si·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acquisitional noun 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
C14: from Latin
acquīsītiōn-, from acquīrere to acquire
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Word Origin and History for acquisitional n.
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.
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acquisitional in Medicine acquisition [ăk′wĭ-zĭsh ′ən] n. 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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