An acquisition is something you acquire—a book, a skill or if you are a mogul, a company. It describes things you have purchased, things you have learned, or things you have gotten.

Acquisition has a formal sense to it. We don't talk about our new jeans as our latest acquisition, unless we are the kind of person who refers to their latest copy of Vogue as their Bible. It is very commonly used to refer to paintings purchased by museums—in fact, large museums have acquisition departments.

Definitions of acquisition

n something acquired

“a recent acquisition by the museum”
European Recovery Program
a United States program of economic aid for the reconstruction of Europe (1948-1952); named after George Marshall
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accession, addition
something added to what you already have
something acquired by purchase
something acquired without compensation
stock buyback
a corporation's purchase of its own outstanding stock; increases earnings/share so stock price rises (which can discourage a takeover attempt)
bargain, buy, steal
an advantageous purchase
bequest, legacy
(law) a gift of personal property by will
(law) a gift of real property by will
free lunch
something acquired without effort or payment or obligation
dower, dowery, dowry, portion
money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
bride price
money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride
largess, largesse
a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously
aid, economic aid, financial aid
money to support a worthy person or cause
award, prize
something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
something presented as a gift
contribution, donation
a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
a gift that significantly increases the recipient's wealth
a small gift (especially one given by a merchant to a customer who makes a purchase)
bestowal, bestowment
a gift that is bestowed or conferred
freebee, freebie
something that is free (usually provided as part of a promotional scheme)
a gift of public land or resources for the private gain of a limited group
gift horse
a gift (usually of inferior quality) that should be accepted uncritically
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transferred possession, transferred property
a possession whose ownership changes or lapses

n the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

“the acquisition of wealth”
“the acquisition of one company by another”
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acquiring or coming into something (usually undesirable)
the act of making money (and accumulating wealth)
the formal act of acquiring something (especially territory) by conquest or occupation
acquisition of government money for benefits to a specific locale
the acquisition of something for payment
the act of taking something that is offered
succession, taking over
acquisition of property by descent or by will
assumption, laying claim
the act of taking possession of or power over something
heritage, inheritance
hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
procural, procurance, procurement
the act of getting possession of something
regaining, restitution, restoration, return
getting something back again
acquisition of a company by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock
buyback, redemption, repurchase
the act of purchasing back something previously sold
buying, purchasing
the act of buying
finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way
leveraged buyout
a buyout using borrowed money; the target company's assets are usually security for the loan
strategic buyout
an acquisition based on analysis of the benefits of consolidation in anticipation of increased earning power
a change by sale or merger in the controlling interest of a corporation
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acquiring, getting
the act of acquiring something

n the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

“the child's acquisition of language”
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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
learning and coming to understand ideas and information
the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
incorporation, internalisation, internalization
learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself
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
study, work
applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
carry-over, transfer, transfer of training
application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation
(psychology) unconscious internalization of aspects of the world (especially aspects of persons) within the self in such a way that the internalized representation takes over the psychological functions of the external objects
(psychoanalysis) the internalization of the parent figures and their values; leads to the formation of the superego
audio lingual acquisition
system of language acquisition focusing intensively on listening and speaking
rote, rote learning
memorization by repetition
in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality
in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance
generalisation, generalization, stimulus generalisation, stimulus generalization
(psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus
acculturation, assimilation
the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
becoming proficient in the use of something; having mastery of
self-cultivation, self-education
the process of educating yourself
school, schooling
the process of being formally educated at a school
special education
education of physically or mentally handicapped children whose needs cannot be met in an ordinary classroom
vocational education, vocational training
training for a specific vocation in industry or agriculture or trade
experimental extinction, extinction
a conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus
aversive conditioning
conditioning to avoid an aversive stimulus
classical conditioning
conditioning that pairs a neutral stimulus with a stimulus that evokes a reflex; the stimulus that evokes the reflex is given whether or not the conditioned response occurs until eventually the neutral stimulus comes to evoke the reflex
operant conditioning
conditioning in which an operant response is brought under stimulus control by virtue of presenting reinforcement contingent upon the occurrence of the operant response
counter conditioning
conditioning in which a second incompatible response is conditioned to an already conditioned stimulus
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basic cognitive process
cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge

n an ability that has been acquired by training

accomplishment, acquirement, attainment, skill
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craft, craftsmanship, workmanship
skill in an occupation or trade
skill in handling and riding horses
the ability to read and write
skill in shooting
the skill of a master
skill in preparing mixed drinks
skill with numbers and mathematics
skill as an oarsman
skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy
skill in sailing
the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner
soldiering, soldiership
skills that are required for the life of soldier
skill in fencing
skill in handling boats
skill in domestic management
the skills involved in the work of a priest
skill in writing or staging plays
skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage
skill in the management of boats
skill in carving or fashioning objects from wood
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ability, power
possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

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