Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
    the acquisition of one company by another
  2. (noun, cognition) an ability that has been acquired by training
  3. (noun, cognition) the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
  4. (noun, possession) something acquired

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Origin of the word Acquisition

  1. late 14c., "act of obtaining," from L. acquisitionem, from stem of acquirere "get in addition," from ad- "extra" + qu?rere "to seek to obtain" (see query). Meaning "thing obtained" is from late 15c. The vowel change of -ae- to -i- in Latin is due to a L. phonetic rule involving unaccented syllables in compounds. more

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