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

  • n. The act of acquiring.
  • n. Something acquired or gained: added two new acquisitions to my library.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of acquiring.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The thing acquired or gained; an acquirement; a gain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Middle English adquisicioun, attainment, from Latin acquisitiō, acquisitiōn-, from acquisitus, past participle of acquīrere, to acquire; see acquire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French acquisicion, from Latin acquisitio, from acquirere. See acquire. (Wiktionary)



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