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acquisition

[ak-wuh-zish-uh n] /ˌæk wəˈzɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act of acquiring or gaining possession:
the acquisition of real estate.
2.
something acquired; addition:
a recent acquisition to the museum.
3.
Linguistics. the act or process of achieving mastery of a language or a linguistic rule or element:
child language acquisition; second language acquisition.
Origin
1375-1425
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
acquisitor
[uh-kwiz-i-ter] /əˈkwɪz ɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
noun
preacquisition, noun
proacquisition, adjective
reacquisition, noun
superacquisition, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acquisitor

acquisition

/ˌækwɪˈzɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of acquiring or gaining possession
2.
something acquired
3.
a person or thing of special merit added to a group
4.
(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 acquisitor

acquisition

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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acquisitor in Medicine

acquisition ac·qui·si·tion (āk'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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