Meaning of ACQUISITION in English

/ ˌækwɪˈzɪʃn; NAmE / noun


[ U ] the act of getting sth, especially knowledge, a skill, etc. :

theories of child language acquisition


[ C ] something that sb buys to add to what they already own, usually sth valuable :

His latest acquisition is a racehorse.


[ C , U ] ( business ) a company, piece of land, etc. bought by sb, especially another company; the act of buying it :

They have made acquisitions in several EU countries.

the acquisition of shares by employees



late Middle English (in the sense act of acquiring something ): from Latin acquisitio(n-) , from the verb acquirere get in addition, from ad- to + quaerere seek. The English spelling was modified ( c. 1600) by association with the Latin word.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.