Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of acquiring.
  • noun Something acquired or gained.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of acquiring or gaining possession: as, the acquisition of property.
  • noun That which is acquired or gained; especially, a material possession obtained by any means, but sometimes used in the plural of mental gains.
  • noun Synonyms Acquirements, Acquisitions, etc. See acquirement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of acquiring.
  • noun (Business, Finance) The purchase of one commercial enterprise by another, whether for cash, or in a trade of stock of the purchasing company for that of the purchased company.
  • noun The thing acquired or gained; an acquirement; a gain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or process of acquiring.
  • noun The thing acquired or gained; a gain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
  • noun an ability that has been acquired by training
  • noun something acquired
  • noun the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English adquisicioun, attainment, from Latin acquisitiō, acquisitiōn-, from acquisitus, past participle of acquīrere, to acquire; see acquire.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French acquisicion, from Latin acquisitio, from acquirere. See acquire.

Examples

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  • "The sudden acquisition of ten thousand pounds was the most remarkable charm of the young lady to whom he was now rendering himself agreeable; but Elizabeth, less clear-sighted perhaps in this case than in Charlotte's, did not quarrel with him for his wish of independence." - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    August 18, 2015