Acquisition Definition

Define what is Acquisition?

1. acquisition (noun)

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

  • the acquisition of wealth.
  • the acquisition of one company by another.

acquiring, getting noun
the act of acquiring something.


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

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

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

pork-barreling noun
acquisition of government money for benefits to a specific locale.

purchase noun
the acquisition of something for payment.

acceptance noun
the act of taking something that is offered.

taking over, succession noun
acquisition of property by descent or by will.

laying claim, Assumption noun
the act of taking possession of or power over something.

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

procural, procurance, procurement noun
the act of getting possession of something.

regaining, restitution, Restoration, return noun
getting something back again.

buyout noun
acquisition of a company by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock.

2. acquisition (noun)

something acquired.

  • a recent acquisition by the museum.

transferred possession, transferred property noun
a possession whose ownership changes or lapses.


accession, addition noun
something added to what you already have.

purchase noun
something acquired by purchase.

gift noun
something acquired without compensation.

3. learning, acquisition (noun)

the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge.

  • the child's acquisition of language.
Synonyms: learning

basic cognitive process noun
cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge.


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

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

digestion noun
learning and coming to understand ideas and information.

Education noun
the gradual process of acquiring knowledge.

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

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

language learning noun
learning to use a language.

committal to memory, memorisation, memorization noun
learning so as to be able to remember verbatim.

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

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

4. acquirement, skill, accomplishment, attainment, acquisition (noun)

an ability that has been acquired by training.


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


    craftsmanship, workmanship, craft noun
    skill in an occupation or trade.

    horsemanship noun
    skill in handling and riding horses.

    literacy noun
    the ability to read and write.

    marksmanship noun
    skill in shooting.

    mastership noun
    the skill of a master.

    mixology noun
    skill in preparing mixed drinks.

    numeracy noun
    skill with numbers and mathematics.

    oarsmanship noun
    skill as an oarsman.

    salesmanship noun
    skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy.

    seamanship noun
    skill in sailing.

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

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

    swordsmanship noun
    skill in fencing.

    Nearby Terms

    acquisition agreement (noun)
    contract governing the merger of two or more companies

    acquisitive (adjective)
    eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas

    acquisitiveness (noun)
    strong desire to acquire and possess

    acquit (verb)
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

    acquittal (noun)
    a judgment of not guilty

    acquittance (noun)
    a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation

    acquitted (adjective satellite)
    declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless

    Acragas (noun)
    a town in Italy in southwestern Sicily near the coast; the site of six Greek temples

    Acrasiomycetes (noun)
    cellular slime molds; in some classifications placed in kingdom Protoctista

    Acre (noun)
    a unit of area (4840 square yards) used in English-speaking countries

    acre inch (noun)
    one twelfth of an acre-foot

    acre-foot (noun)
    the volume of water that would cover 1 acre to a depth of 1 foot; 43,560 cubic feet or 1233.5 cubic meters

    acreage (noun)
    an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming)

    acres (noun)
    extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use

    acrid (adjective satellite)
    strong and sharp