acquisition Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"acquisition" in British English

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acquisitionnoun

uk   us   /ˌæk.wɪˈzɪʃ.ən/
[U] the ​process of getting something: The acquisition of ​hugeamounts of ​data has ​helpedourresearchenormously. Language acquisition (= ​learning a ​language without being ​taught)starts at a very ​youngage. [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 ​yourearrings - 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 ​languagerequires 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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acquisitionnoun

uk   us   /ˌækwɪˈzɪʃən/
[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 ​cashresources.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 ​financialsupermarkets whose ​businessincreasingly revolved around mergers and acquisitions.
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[U] FINANCE the ​act of ​buying something such as a ​company, a ​building, or a ​piece of ​land: acquisition of sth There were many ​additionalcostsrelated to the company's acquisition of Walker Software. land acquisition A ​spokesmanconfirmed 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 ​effectiveprocurement and ​technology acquisition.
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(Definition of acquisition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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