Acquisition Definition and Meaning: What Does Acquisition Mean?

Acquisition Definition

acquisition [ˌækwɪˈzɪʃən]

n

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) Astronautics the process of locating a spacecraft, satellite, etc., esp by radar, in order to gather tracking and telemetric information


Noun 1. acquisition - the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; "the acquisition of wealth"; "the acquisition of one company by another"

acquiring, getting - the act of acquiring something; "I desire his talent for acquiring"; "he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving"

incurring - acquiring or coming into something (usually undesirable); "incurring debts is easier than paying them"

moneymaking - the act of making money (and accumulating wealth)

annexation - the formal act of acquiring something (especially territory) by conquest or occupation; "the French annexation of Madagascar as a colony in 1896"; "a protectorate has frequently been a first step to annexation"

pork-barreling - acquisition of government money for benefits to a specific locale; "keeps his hold on his constituents through unashamed pork-barreling"

purchase - the acquisition of something for payment; "they closed the purchase with a handshake"

acceptance - the act of taking something that is offered; "her acceptance of the gift encouraged him"; "he anticipated their acceptance of his offer"

taking over, succession - acquisition of property by descent or by will

laying claim, assumption - the act of taking possession of or power over something; "his assumption of office coincided with the trouble in Cuba"; "the Nazi assumption of power in 1934"; "he acquired all the company's assets for ten million dollars and the assumption of the company's debts"

inheritance, heritage - hereditary succession to a title or an office or property

procural, procurance, procurement - the act of getting possession of something; "he was responsible for the procurement of materials and supplies"

regaining, restitution, restoration, return - getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"

buyout - acquisition of a company by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock


2. acquisition - something acquired; "a recent acquisition by the museum"

transferred possession, transferred property - a possession whose ownership changes or lapses

accession, addition - something added to what you already have; "the librarian shelved the new accessions"; "he was a new addition to the staff"

purchase - something acquired by purchase

gift - something acquired without compensation


3. acquisition - the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child's acquisition of language"

learning

basic cognitive process - cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge

conditioning - a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment

developmental learning - learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development

digestion - learning and coming to understand ideas and information; "his appetite for facts was better than his digestion"

education - the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education is as important as a boy's"

internalisation, internalization, incorporation - learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself

imprinting - a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established

language learning - learning to use a language

committal to memory, memorisation, memorization - learning so as to be able to remember verbatim; "the actor's memorization of his lines"

study, work - applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading); "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"

carry-over, transfer of training, transfer - application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation


4. acquisition - an ability that has been acquired by training

acquirement, skill, accomplishment, attainment

ability, power - possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"

craftsmanship, workmanship, craft - skill in an occupation or trade

horsemanship - skill in handling and riding horses

literacy - the ability to read and write

marksmanship - skill in shooting

mastership - the skill of a master

mixology - skill in preparing mixed drinks

numeracy - skill with numbers and mathematics

oarsmanship - skill as an oarsman

salesmanship - skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy; "he read a book on salesmanship but it didn't help"

seamanship - skill in sailing

showmanship - the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner

soldiering, soldiership - skills that are required for the life of soldier

swordsmanship - skill in fencing


acquisition

noun

1. acquiring, gaining, achievement, procurement, attainment, acquirement, obtainment the President's recent acquisition of a helicopter

2. purchase, buy, investment, property, gain, prize, asset, possession her latest acquisition, a bright red dress


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.


n 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

Acquisition Meaning

Sense 1

The act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

the acquisition of wealth / the acquisition of one company by another

Hypernyms ("acquisition" is a kind of...):

acquiring; getting (the act of acquiring something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquisition"):

incurring (acquiring or coming into something (usually undesirable))

buyout (acquisition of a company by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock)

regaining; restitution; restoration; return (getting something back again)

procural; procurance; procurement (the act of getting possession of something)

heritage; inheritance (hereditary succession to a title or an office or property)

assumption; laying claim (the act of taking possession of or power over something)

succession; taking over (acquisition of property by descent or by will)

acceptance (the act of taking something that is offered)

purchase (the acquisition of something for payment)

pork-barreling (acquisition of government money for benefits to a specific locale)

annexation (the formal act of acquiring something (especially territory) by conquest or occupation)

moneymaking (the act of making money (and accumulating wealth))

Sense 2

Meaning:

The cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

learning; acquisition

Context example:

the child's acquisition of language

Hypernyms ("acquisition" is a kind of...):

basic cognitive process (cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquisition"):

carry-over; transfer; transfer of training (application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation)

study; work (applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading))

committal to memory; memorisation; memorization (learning so as to be able to remember verbatim)

language learning (learning to use a language)

imprinting (a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established)

incorporation; internalisation; internalization (learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself)

education (the gradual process of acquiring knowledge)

digestion (learning and coming to understand ideas and information)

developmental learning (learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development)

conditioning (a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment)

Sense 3

Meaning:

Come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

get; acquire

Context examples:

She got a lot of paintings from her uncle / They acquired a new pet / Get your results the next day / Get permission to take a few days off from work

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "acquire"):

benefit; gain; profit (derive a benefit from)

earn; garner (acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions)

bring in; clear; earn; gain; make; pull in; realise; realize; take in (earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages)

acquire; gain; win (win something through one's efforts)

find; regain (come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost)

reclaim; repossess (claim back)

recoup; recover; recuperate (regain or make up for)

partake; partake in; share (have, give, or receive a share of)

preempt (acquire for oneself before others can do so)

preempt (gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land))

call for; collect; gather up; pick up (gather or collect)

come into; inherit (obtain from someone after their death)

borrow (get temporarily)

pick up (get in addition, as an increase)

get (acquire as a result of some effort or action)

poll (get the votes of)

catch (get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly)

find; recover; regain; retrieve (get or find back; recover the use of)

isolate (obtain in pure form)

get back; win back (recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost)

express; extract; press out (obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action)

capture; catch (capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping)

come by (obtain, especially accidentally)

buy; purchase (obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction)

charter; engage; hire; lease; rent; take (engage for service under a term of contract)

have; receive (get something; come into possession of)

turn (get by buying and selling)

buy (acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange)

find (obtain through effort or management)

glom (seize upon or latch onto something)

come upon; enter upon; luck into (take possession of)

come up; find; get hold; line up (get something or somebody for a specific purpose)

accept; have; take (receive willingly something given or offered)

obtain (come into possession of)

Sense 4

Meaning:

An ability that has been acquired by training

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

acquirement; skill; accomplishment; attainment; acquisition

Hypernyms ("acquisition" is a kind of...):

ability; power (possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquisition"):

salesmanship (skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy)

seamanship (skill in sailing)

showmanship (the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner)

soldiering; soldiership (skills that are required for the life of soldier)

swordsmanship (skill in fencing)

oarsmanship (skill as an oarsman)

numracy (skill with numbers and mathematics)

mixology (skill in preparing mixed drinks)

craft; craftsmanship; workmanship (skill in an occupation or trade)

horsemanship (skill in handling and riding horses)

literacy (the ability to read and write)

marksmanship (skill in shooting)

mastership (the skill of a master)

What Does Corporate Acquisition Mean?

A corporate action in which a company buys most, if not all, of the target company's ownership stakes in order to assume control of the target firm. Acquisitions are often made as part of a company's growth strategy whereby it is more beneficial to take over an existing firm's operations and niche compared to expanding on its own. Acquisitions are often paid in cash, the acquiring company's stock or a combination of both.

Investopedia explains 'Acquisition'

Acquisitions can be either friendly or hostile. Friendly acquisitions occur when the target firm expresses its agreement to be acquired, whereas hostile acquisitions don't have the same agreement from the target firm and the acquiring firm needs to actively purchase large stakes of the target company in order to have a majority stake.

In either case, the acquiring company often offers a premium on the market price of the target company's shares in order to entice shareholders to sell. For example, News Corp.'s bid to acquire Dow Jones was equal to a 65% premium over the stock's market price.



Use of Acquisition in a Sentence

  • Acquisition of knowledge is only the beginning.

  • The commission has been asked to report to the secretary of state on the proposed acquisitions by 10 March 2003.

  • The OFT has referred the anticipated acquisition by Anglo American PLC of Johnston Group PLC to the competition commission.

  • Can the data acquisition system capture around 30 frames per second?

  • Acquisition of vocabulary, differentiated labels and concepts relevant to the IE tasks as well as problem solving in general.

  • Furthermore, the group announced the acquisition of five stores, two of which are in Edinburgh.

  • The short descriptions of work programs shown here only reflect the drilling component and not, for instance, seismic data acquisition.

  • Freehold with vacant possession. *choices acquisitions are not auctioneers, we provide information/advice services.

  • Acquisition of specific competences takes place in the work setting under the supervision of an expert practitioner, underpinned by a learning agreement.

  • Acquisitions completed in 2000 will be earnings enhancing in 2001.

  • Due to recent acquisitions, the organization has seen steady growth over the last few years.

  • Program was designed based on findings from language acquisition research.

  • Acquisition of land at the end of its economic life.

  • Abstract what should be the role of AI in computer supported vocabulary acquisition?

  • Acquisition of switchboard by Infospace should accelerate consolidation across multiple modalities of the yellow and white pages.

  • End of relevant year for cross-border acquisitions of taxable goods in the UK for VAT registration purposes.

  • This is extremely useful for knowledge acquisition, see question 10.

  • Recent acquisitions of new books are put out on display in the main library each week, usually on a Friday.

  • Land and planning our land acquisition and planning skills continue to serve us well.

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