Definition of acquisition in English:



  • 1An asset or object bought or obtained, typically by a library or museum.

    • ‘A show trial is going on in Rome on illegal art acquisitions by the museum.’
    • ‘The government gives the National Library an acquisitions budget of €1m a year.’
    • ‘Among the museum's acquisitions, he discovered a piece of furniture that he had made 40 years before.’
    • ‘It is really a valuable acquisition, because it completes our Eastern African deployment.’
    • ‘More than merely improving the Museum's collection, the Gilman acquisition transforms it.’
    • ‘The overriding problem with acquisitions is in integrating the new assets.’
    • ‘For each sample, three different acquisitions were collected, with highly reproducible results.’
    • ‘It was also used by the RAF for airfield defence, making it a fitting acquisition for the Yorkshire Air Museum.’
    • ‘Jonny has just returned from a trip to Florida, successfully tying up the loose ends on the purchase of his latest acquisition.’
    • ‘So does it make more sense for parents to consider a property acquisition?’
    • ‘People reacted so well to the idea that the little museum was soon packed with new acquisitions.’
    • ‘It was concerned about the scheme's viability and the cost of property acquisitions it was asked to intervene in.’
    • ‘I found a robin's egg while planting new acquisitions in the northeast bed.’
    • ‘The result is that numerous museums all over the country are making exciting new acquisitions.’
    • ‘The University of Melbourne alone spends more on acquisitions than the National Library of Australia.’
    • ‘Among his lauded acquisitions at the museum, Shah Jahan's jade cup holds pride of place.’
    • ‘It was thus a valuable acquisition for European powers and the United States.’
    • ‘He batted confidently and with style and shows himself to be a valuable acquisition for Border cricket.’
    • ‘Although the aircraft will need a complete restoration, it is a very prized acquisition for the museum.’
    • ‘The bibliography also contains information on general library acquisitions.’
    purchase, accession, addition, asset
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    1. 1.1An act of purchase of one company by another.
      ‘there were many acquisitions among travel agents’
      ‘expanding by growth or acquisition’
      • ‘Corporate acquisitions have been a major driver of the company's rapid growth.’
      • ‘Now the tactic of depending on acquisitions to fuel growth has become difficult.’
      • ‘It takes a bit of time to generate the synergies that deliver the shareholder value added from acquisitions.’
      • ‘Visible choices on divestments or acquisitions should be seen to fit with this rationale.’
      • ‘Managers are also pursuing efficiency improvements through mergers and acquisitions.’
      • ‘It was also hiring staff and is considering a number of small acquisitions.’
      • ‘He met the target with a programme of acquisitions and in the process saw the company's share price cut by two thirds.’
      • ‘And only the historians would be able to determine whether it was an acquisition, a merger or a reverse takeover.’
      • ‘It has promoted him to the position of vice president of pricing and mergers and acquisitions.’
      • ‘There is a strong possibility of an acquisition when the takeover bar expires in October 2003.’
      • ‘Flynn is believed to be looking for a new investor with enough cash to support a series of international acquisitions.’
      • ‘Investors would welcome any news about acquisitions to bolster the company's medical and aerospace divisions.’
      • ‘Is there anything a CEO can do to prevent a calamity in making an acquisition?’
      • ‘Another chapter is being added to the story of overseas acquisitions by Indian pharma companies.’
      • ‘He said the company had not ruled out raising more external investment to fund acquisitions.’
      • ‘The earnings growth was made up of a mix of contribution from acquisitions and organic growth.’
      • ‘In certain circumstances, it can also be used to facilitate a management buyout or acquisition.’
      • ‘It has already made three acquisitions, all of profitable businesses, and is believed to be eyeing up another two.’
      • ‘Even fans of its stock don't think the acquisition will improve the insurer's profitability any time soon.’
      • ‘Investors don't generally like talk of acquisitions so soon after a big deal.’
    2. 1.2Buying or obtaining an asset or object.
      ‘Western culture places a high value on material acquisition’
      • ‘Institutional review board approval for this study was obtained before initiation of data acquisition.’
      • ‘Media output has come to celebrate themes of material acquisition, violence, sex and lifestyle.’
      • ‘There had also been a trend of acquisition by people cashing-in on the high value of their homes.’
      • ‘Property and equipment are stated at cost at the date of acquisition or estimated fair value at the date of donation.’
      • ‘It is not surprising that raw material acquisition was directed toward specific taxa.’
      • ‘Material prosperity and acquisition of wealth add a new dimension to your social standing.’
      • ‘Of course practical factors such as capitalization and corporate acquisition have also been at work in whether or not subsidiaries exist.’
      • ‘Thus, to grow through asset acquisition, they need frequent access to the capital market.’
      • ‘He encouraged private forestry where profitable, and public acquisition and use of other forest lands.’
      • ‘More choice in formats for library customers may mean more constraints on choices in materials acquisition.’
      • ‘Farmers are concerned that land acquisition on small holdings will reduce the value of their farms.’
      • ‘The fact that our Council is intent on putting houses on this land has pushed the price of acquisition well beyond its unimproved value.’
      • ‘The acquisition of the fissile material is the single biggest ingredient in having a weapon.’
      • ‘If that lease wants to go through the middle of my lease, which gives me two pastoral leases, there is no compulsory acquisition.’
      • ‘Educated and ambitious, they are lured here by the promise of material acquisition.’
      • ‘His philosophy stands in stark contrast to a business ethic built solely on the acquisition of profit.’
      • ‘Is a business, whether it be for sale, acquisition, fund-raising or floatation, valued correctly?’
      • ‘London-based CIT specialises in property acquisition, asset management and development.’
      • ‘On this first acquisition of business assets for treasury shares, it is clear that a prospectus was required.’
      • ‘The director said compulsory purchase did not mean confiscation but acquisition at market value.’
      obtaining, acquiring, gaining, gain, procuring, procurement, collecting, collection, attainment, appropriation, amassing
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  • 2The learning or developing of a skill, habit, or quality.

    ‘the acquisition of management skills’
    • ‘Primary education now emphasises skills acquisition rather than knowledge.’
    • ‘Can a mere focus on theory and skill acquisition be detrimental to the effectiveness of family therapists?’
    • ‘Jarrett's acquisition of skills was no less driven.’
    • ‘Knowledge and acquisition of skills can be accomplished using a number of models and modes of instruction.’
    • ‘A commonly accepted measure of skill acquisition is the possession of a post-secondary school qualification.’
    • ‘There are opportunities team building, leadership and skill acquisition.’
    • ‘The brain has a limited capacity to perform controlled processing which in turn limits the first stage of skill acquisition.’
    • ‘These weaknesses more times than not are simply additional knowledge and skill acquisition.’
    • ‘This may or may not result in more rapid acquisition of English communication skills for ELL students.’
    • ‘It is advisable that pupils attend two sessions per day, but not back to back as fatigue limits acquisition of skills.’
    • ‘Teaching and learning isn't just a matter of skill acquisition or knowledge transmission.’
    • ‘It also reveals that a number of early skills reliably predict reading acquisition long before school entry.’
    • ‘Rather the employment is part of skill acquisition and should be regarded as a training initiative.’
    • ‘I feel an extreme sense of accomplishment in my level of skill acquisition - the expert level.’
    • ‘Students turn to community colleges for basic skills brush-up or new skills acquisition.’
    • ‘Another important mechanism of skill acquisition observed in this study was an increase in efficiency at carrying out a solution.’
    • ‘And we know that this acquisition of those skills takes a long time.’
    • ‘The first set of five statements was about language acquisition and development.’
    • ‘In an integrated program, theory is taught concurrently with skill acquisition.’
    • ‘As children enter school, they bring diverse levels of language acquisition to the learning process.’
    assumption, assuming, taking on, acquiring, affecting, affectation, espousal, advocacy, promotion, appropriation, arrogation
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Late Middle English (in the sense act of acquiring something): from Latin acquisitio(n-), from the verb acquirere (see acquire).