Meaning of “acquisition” in the English Dictionary

"acquisition" in British English

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uk /ˌæk.wɪˈzɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌæk.wəˈzɪʃ.ən/

[ U ] the process of getting something:

The acquisition of huge amounts of data has helped our research enormously.
Language acquisition (= learning a language without being taught) starts at a very young age.

[ C ] something that someone buys, often to add to a collection of things:

The museum's latest acquisition is a four-million-dollar sculpture.
I like your earrings - are they a recent acquisition? (= Did you get them recently?)

[ C or U ] something such as a building, another company, or a piece of land that is bought by a company, or the act of buying it

(Definition of “acquisition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"acquisition" in American English

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acquisitionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌæk·wəˈzɪʃ·ən/

the act of obtaining or beginning to have something, or something obtained:

[ C ] The museum has made several recent acquisitions.
[ U ] The acquisition of a new language requires a commitment of time and effort.

(Definition of “acquisition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"acquisition" in Business English

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uk /ˌækwɪˈzɪʃən/ us

[ C ] FINANCE something that is bought by a company, such as another company, a building, or a piece of land:

complete/make an acquisition Management intend to use the cash to make acquisitions.
finance/fund an acquisition The company will fund the acquisition from its existing cash resources.
big/large/major acquisitions If the company doesn't make any big acquisitions this year, it will hand back cash to shareholders.
a potential/proposed/recent acquisition
Investment banks were changing rapidly into financial supermarkets whose business increasingly revolved around mergers and acquisitions.

[ U ] FINANCE the act of buying something such as a company, a building, or a piece of land:

acquisition of sth There were many additional costs related to the company's acquisition of Walker Software.
land acquisition
A spokesman confirmed that the company was in acquisition talks.

[ U ] the process of getting something:

acquisition of sth System changes will lead to the modification of the project and the acquisition of new resources and skills.
Hong Kong manufacturers are meeting the challenge through effective procurement and technology acquisition.

(Definition of “acquisition” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)