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Definition of acquisition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 someone 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 someone, especially another company; the act of buying it They have made acquisitions in several southern states. the acquisition of shares by employees The group has announced its first overseas acquisition: a successful software company.
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