Definition of acquisition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌækwɪˈzɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌækwɪˈzɪʃn//
    Business deals
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of getting something, especially knowledge, a skill, etc. theories of child language acquisition
  2. 2[countable] something that somebody buys to add to what they already own, usually something valuable His latest acquisition is a racehorse. The money will be spent on acquisitions for the university library.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] (business) a company, piece of land, etc. bought by somebody, especially another company; the act of buying it They have made acquisitions in several EU countries. the acquisition of shares by employees The group has announced its first overseas acquisition: a successful software company. The company has just made another acquisition. Wordfinderacquisition, bid, broker, contract, deal, merger, negotiation, offer, proposal, takeover See related entries: Business deals
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘act of acquiring something’): from Latin acquisitio(n-), from the verb acquirere ‘get in addition’, from ad- ‘to’ + quaerere ‘seek’. The English spelling was modified (c.1600) by association with the Latin word.
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