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[ak-wuh-zish-uh n] /ˌæk wəˈzɪʃ ən/
the act of acquiring or gaining possession:
the acquisition of real estate.
something acquired; addition:
a recent acquisition to the museum.
Linguistics. the act or process of achieving mastery of a language or a linguistic rule or element:
child language acquisition; second language acquisition.
1375-1425; Middle English adquisicioun, a(c)quisicion < Latin acquīsītiōn- (stem of acquīsītiō), equivalent to acquīsīt(us), past participle of acquīrere to acquire + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
acquisitional, adjective
[uh-kwiz-i-ter] /əˈkwɪz ɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
preacquisition, noun
proacquisition, adjective
reacquisition, noun
superacquisition, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acquisitions
  • We must target our acquisitions to those areas of known research activity on our campuses.
  • Negotiate terms of acquisitions and agreements with contributing producers.
  • The colours in the image result from changes in the surface that occurred between acquisitions.
  • Apple's not known for using its gobs of cash to make big acquisitions.
  • When you go to conferences as an acquisitions editor you are a target.
  • The colours result from changes in the surface that occurred between acquisitions.
  • At stake is how companies record the financial effects of billion-dollar acquisitions.
  • Direct your proposal and several chapters to acquisitions editors.
  • The colours in the image result from variations in the surface that occurred between acquisitions.
  • Suggest that the college use some of its acquisitions budget to buy e-books from.
British Dictionary definitions for acquisitions


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
C14: from Latin acquīsītiōn-, from acquīrere to acquire
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Word Origin and History for acquisitions



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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acquisitions in Medicine

acquisition ac·qui·si·tion (āk'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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